One of the most frequent types of motor vehicle accidents involves one car striking another from behind. Often, such an accident is the result of distracted driving, where the operator of the trailing vehicle is looking at a handheld device or paying attention to the scenery, instead of the road ahead. Such an accident can also occur when drivers don’t take adverse road conditions into account.
One of the fundamental rules of the road is that you must maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. A good rule of thumb in one car length per 10 mph you are traveling—three car lengths if you are going 30 mph, for example.
In the state of New Jersey, there is a presumption that a person who strikes the rear of another vehicle is at fault. Accordingly, even if the car in front of you makes a sudden stop, you are expected to maintain sufficient space to allow you to stop without a collision.
Injuries Resulting from a Rear-End Collision
The classic injury tied to a rear-end collision is whiplash. The force of the rear impact causes the driver of the front vehicle backward into the seat. The contact with the seat then forces that driver to snap back forward. Depending on the force of the impact, the seat may actually break. Furthermore, if the driver is properly wearing a seatbelt, that can cause the driver to be pulled back again. The violent movement back and forth can cause significant injury to neck, spine, lower back and the brain. In addition, if the forward thrust is hard enough, the driver may strike the steering wheel or dashboard of the car.
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