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NHTSA Report Highlights Major Causes of Rear-End Car Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 26, 2015

Rear End Crash Most Common Car AccidentIf you or someone you know has been recently involved in a rear-end car accident, you know there’s no way to prepare for them. Rear-end accidents cause hundreds of deaths and injuries yearly. What you need to know is how to react to them. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are ready to help you figure out the steps to take after you’ve been involved in a rear-end car accident.

What Causes Rear-End Accidents?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end car accidents are the most common type of car crash. About 29 percent of all automobile collisions are rear-end accidents. A recent NHTSA study reveals:

  • Nearly half (45 percent) of rear-end crashes occur when the driver of the rear vehicle doesn’t notice that the vehicle ahead of theirs is slowing down or stopped.
  • Distraction plays a major role in rear-end accidents. In NHTSA testing, alert drivers responded to a braking lead vehicle by hitting their own brakes 99 percent of the time, but distracted drivers responded only 53 percent of the time.
  • Simply watching the road ahead, even while distracted, can help reduce rear-end crash risks. In NHTSA testing, distracted drivers facing forward managed to avoid a rear-end collision in 60 percent of cases, but distracted drivers who were looking down or to the side avoided impacts only 30 percent of the time. Researchers found a direct link between looking forward and quicker braking times.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, our experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers can help you determine what caused a rear-end crash that led to injury and how best to pursue your legal rights. Contact us today to learn more.

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