Wilmington Drivers Benefit from Close Look at Rear-End Accidents
In Blue Point, Carolina Place, Forest Cove, Forest Hills and the rest of the Wilmington area, many accidents that occur are rear-end accidents. According to a recent study published by the College of Engineering, approximately 1/3 of all motor vehicle collisions in the United States are actually rear-end accidents. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car crash that occurs at signalized intersections, and these types of crashes account for approximately 11.8 percent of multi-vehicle accidents that result in fatalities.
Because rear-end accidents occur so often on U.S. roads, a personal injury lawyer knows that it is important to understand the factors that make these accidents more likely to occur, as well as to understand who is most likely to become involved in these collisions. With a better understanding of the causes of rear-end crashes, safety laws and public education programs can be developed that can educate drivers on the dangers. The College of Engineering study takes an in-depth look at some of the different factors that impact rear-end crashes.
Factors Affecting Rear-End Crash Risks
There are many different considerations in assessing the likelihood of a rear-and accident and understanding the causes of that crash. Three of the primary considerations include the driver, the type of vehicles, and the environment on the roads at the time of the incident.
When it comes to the driver, both gender and age are material characteristics that determine the likelihood of rear-end accidents. For example, older drivers who are involved in rear-end accidents are usually the ones whose vehicles are hit while younger drivers are usually the ones who do the hitting. This is because older drivers typically process information more slowly than younger motorists do, and they also respond and react more slowly. Younger drivers, on the other hand, are more likely not to pay attention behind the wheel and are more likely to be aggressive. Drivers under the age of 25 are especially likely to exhibit these behaviors.
When it comes to vehicles, a car that has more effective brakes is less likely to be involved in a rear-end accident. However, this is not the only vehicle-related predictor of a crash. Drivers who are in passenger cars tend to leave less space between their own car and a car that is larger than theirs. The dimensions if the vehicle in the lead play a big role because the less the driver is able to see above, around or through the lead vehicle, the more likely it is that the driver will follow very closely behind that lead vehicle. Drivers, in general, for example, will leave less space between their car and between a light truck as compared to between their car and another passenger vehicle.
Finally, road conditions that affect crash risks include the weather, lighting conditions and traffic volume. If the traffic is heavy, drivers are more likely to be in close proximity and rear-end crashes are thus more likely to occur.
Help is available for accidents victims in Willmington, NC. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Flexner at 800-FLEXNER or visit http://www.getflexner.com to schedule a free consultation. Serving Blue Point, Carolina Place, Forest Cove, Forest Hills and the rest of the Wilmington area.