Each year, approximately 2.5 million rear-end accidents occur in the United States. In fact, rear-end crashes are the most frequently reported type of motor vehicle accident in Florida.
Nearly all Florida rear-end accidents are preventable. According to West Palm Beach car accident lawyer David Glatthorn, the most common cause of Palm Beach rear-end collisions is driver negligence. Driver negligence that can lead to rear-end accidents includes:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to properly maintain a vehicle
Tailgating: A driver is tailgating if he does not maintain a safe distance between his vehicle and the vehicle in front of him. When a driver follows too closely, he does have enough distance to safely stop if the unexpected occurs. The driver may rear-end the vehicle in front of him. For this reason, our Palm Beach injury attorneys recommend that drivers follow the "three-second rule."
Driver Distraction, drowsy driving, and impaired driving: A car travelling at 60 miles per hour can cover the length of a football field in one second. A moment's distraction can lead to a West Palm Beach rear-end car accident, even if the driver allowed a safe following distance.
Failure to properly maintain a vehicle: Broken or burnt out tail lights or headlights, damaged or worn tires, or faulty brakes can contribute to West Palm Beach rear-end crashes.
If you or a loved one was involved in a Florida rear-end collision and you believe that a negligent driver is at fault, you should consider speaking with a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer. You may be entitled to damages for your injuries or property damage. To learn more, contact the Law Office of David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.