Nine Texas school students between the ages of seven and 12 were recently injured when a Ford pickup truck rear ended the school bus in which the children were traveling. The accident occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. and there were a total of 18 children aboard the bus at the time of the incident. The driver who hit the back of the bus did not stop his vehicle at the scene but was later identified and arrested by police.
This rear end crash, like many of these types of accidents, happened at an intersection according to KWTX. While rear end crashes are one of the most common types of auto accidents and a rear end collision occurs every eight seconds in the U.S., rear-end accident lawyer in San Antonio know that the vast majority of all rear-end collisions occur in just four preceding conflict situations.
Where Do Rear End Accidents Happen?
The data on rear end accidents comes from a report published on the NHTSA website. According to the report, the four preceding conflict situations that account for 80 percent of all rear-end traffic crashes include:
- Collisions that occur in longitudinal traffic.
- Accidents that occur in a traffic jam.
- Accidents that occur when a vehicle has come to a stop at a red light in an intersection.
- Collisions that involve a vehicle which is preparing to make a left-hand turn.
These different situations have a few things in common. Typically, they involve drivers either in close proximity to each other, such as in a traffic jam, or they involve drivers slowing down or coming to a stop. In both of these settings, a motorist who is not paying careful attention to the vehicle in front could easily strike the rear of the lead car, and thus be at fault for a collision.
It is often the rear driver’s inattention or carelessness that is the cause of a rear-end accident. In fact, since drivers are expected to always maintain a reasonable distance between their own vehicle and the car in front of them, rear drivers are almost always considered legally responsible for rear-end collisions. Drivers in the lead vehicle who are struck by the car following their vehicle can typically recover monetary compensation from the driver in the rear who causes the collision.
Drivers who want to avoid liability for rear end crashes and who want to ensure they don’t put the lives of other people at risk should remember the conflict situations likely to lead to rear end accidents and should do everything possible to stay safe in these circumstances. Drivers in traffic, for example, should pay careful attention and ensure they do not accelerate more rapidly than the vehicle in front or follow too closely behind the car in the lead. Drivers should also refrain from behaviors such as tailgating or driving while distracted, all of which can increase the chances that they will cause a rear-end crash and hurt or even kill other motorists.