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Here are the leading causes of rear-end car accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | Auto Accident Injuries |

There is no shortage of danger when you get behind the wheels on Costa Mesa roads, and rear-end accidents are the most common of them all. Accounting for nearly 40 percent of all road accidents in the United States, a rear-end accident happens when a motorist hits the car that is directly in front of them.

Rear-end accidents often occur in congested traffic, at the stop sign or at the red light. These accidents can range from simple fender benders to total catastrophic accidents with serious injuries to occupants of either vehicle.

Here are some of the most common causes of rear-end collisions.


A speeding motorist is more focused on getting through the traffic to their destination than they are about the other road users. This means they are not paying attention to the distance between the vehicles or anticipating how much time they may require to make an emergency braking.

Distracted driving

Eating, operating a cellular device, looking at the GPS or texting while driving can take the driver’s eyes and mind off the road. And in the event of a sudden change in traffic, or should the driver ahead need to make a sudden stop, there is a very narrow window for responding safely to avoid a collision from behind.

Defective car parts

Sometimes, defective car parts can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle. Improper repairs, lack of maintenance, worn-out parts like brake pads, and manufacturing defects can all result in car part failure. In fact, faulty or worn-out brakes and brake lights are some of the leading contributors to rear-end accidents.


Rear-end accidents also happen when a motorist is too close to the car ahead. When a driver fails to keep a safe distance from the car ahead, they may have limited time and room to react to a sudden stop or distraction.

A rear-end accident can result in serious injury and property damage. If you have been involved in a rear-end collision, it is important that you pursue the at-fault party for compensation for your damages.

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