What are the leading causes of rear-end collisions? 

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2023 | Firm News |

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents throughout the United States. In fact, NHTSA attributes 40% of all car accidents in the U.S. to rear-end collisions. These accidents can range from minor crashes to catastrophic ones with life-altering injuries. If you are involved in a rear-end crash that is not your fault, you may pursue the liable party for damages through a car accident lawsuit. 

While most rear-end crashes are attributable to unlawful actions like drunk driving, distracted driving and tailgating, a good number are caused by mechanical failures. Here are mechanical issues that can lead to a rear-end collision. 

Faulty brakes

When a driver is unable to slow down or bring the vehicle to a stop when they should (like in an emergency situation), they will likely ram onto the car in front. Generally, brake failures are caused by the following:

  • Brake fluid drainage
  • Worn-out brake lines
  • Poor brake performance

Rear-end collisions can also happen when the anti-lock system fails resulting in the car getting into a hydroplane mode, especially on a slippery road. 

Tire blowouts

When an improperly maintained tire blows out, the driver will most likely lose control of the vehicle and ram onto other vehicles. A tire blowout can also result in a rollover or a head-on collision with oncoming traffic. Tire blowouts are commonly caused by the following:

  • Retread failures
  • Poorly fixed punctures 
  • Installing the wrong tires on the vehicle

Rear-end collisions can result in a variety of injuries depending on the severity of the impact. Acquainting yourself with Texas’ car accident laws can help you safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing damages following a rear-end collision that is not your fault.