A rear-end collision is a traffic accident wherein a vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. In a rear-end accident, there is clearer evidence of fault than in any other type of auto accident. In most cases, the car that was hit was stopped at a stop light, at a stop sign or in traffic. Usually it is caused by tailgating or panic stops.
Rear-end collisions are unique from other auto accidents. In most accidents, the driver who is hit is either at a complete stop or only moving at a few miles per hour, with no or very little forward momentum. Often, the victim will see the oncoming car in the rear view mirror and expect the collision.
For purposes of insurance and policing, the driver of the car that rear-ends the other car is almost always considered to be at fault due to not being within stopping distance or lack of attention. If the driver of the car that was rear-ended files a claim against the driver who hit him, said driver could be responsible for all damages to the other driver’s car.
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A typical medical consequence of rear-end collisions, even in case of collisions at moderate speed, is whiplash. In more severe cases permanent injuries may occur. The rearmost passenger passengers, especially in minivans, benefit little from the short rear crumple zone, so they are more likely to be injured or killed in a rear-end collision.