Blog posts tagged in rear end collision
A woman was killed on January 18, when a passing motorist hit her stalled car from behind near I-37 and Donop. Her vehicle had stalled, and she had stayed inside to keep warm, but it rolled as it was rear-ended. Unfortunately, she was pronounced at the scene, and while the driver of the other car is not expected to be charged, it is still worth asking why events unfolded as they did, and why things did not go differently.
Rear End Collisions
The Washington Post quotes the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in stating that approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions happen on U.S. roads each year, with Texas having its relatively proportional share of those accidents. This does make rear-end collisions the most common type of auto accident, but at the same time, the NTSB and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimate that as many as 80 percent of them could be avoided from making collision-avoidance equipment standard in automobiles.
Similar to other types of injuries that drivers experience as a result of car accidents, whiplash is an injury that can slowly creep up on us as the days and weeks following the crash unfold. Not all of the symptoms are apparent initially, making it difficult for us to be sure we are in fact truly unharmed after the collision. Rear-end accidents, in particular, are infamous for causing cases of painful whiplash. If you have recently been in a car accident, keep an eye out for the following three telltale signs that indicate you may be experiencing whiplash injury:
1. You notice an increase in stiffness or pain in the neck.
If you notice decreased range of motion in your neck or pain that is steadily increasing as the hours after the accident pass, you may be feeling the early effects of whiplash damage. Tenderness or pain in the arms or upper back may also accompany the neck pain.
Earlier this month, a Chevrolet Trailblazer was hit from behind by an 18-wheeler on I-35 North near Kohlenberg. The reason for the crash appears to be that the SUV was traveling at approximately 20 mph while the semi-truck was moving at 70 mph and did not notice the SUVs slow pace. The individuals involved in the crash were not seriously injured, but incidents like this often lead to personal injury claims. When drivers move too slowly on highways, they obstruct the flow of traffic and increase the risk of accidents.
Texas Law Regarding Minimum Speed
You know there is such a thing as driving too fast - but did you know it is possible for motorists to drive too slowly? Section 545.363 of the Texas Transportation Code lays out minimum speed regulations for the state. It says anyone operating a vehicle may not drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when doing so is necessary for safe operation in compliance with the law. In some situations, there will be a minimum speed limit posted. This is usually for highways where incidents like the one mentioned above are a possibility. No motorist is allowed to drive slower than the minimum posted limit except to obey the law in some other way or for safety reasons.
Earlier this spring, a Texas family began their Easter holiday with tragedy as their 10-year-old son was killed and his seven-month-old infant sister was critically injured in a rear-end accident in North Harris County on SH249 and McKinley Road, according to news reports. Law enforcement indicated that neither victim was wearing a safety belt.
Looking Closely at the Rear-End Wreck
Generally, but not always, when a rear-end collision occurs in Texas, the driver who rammed into the back of the other car is found to be liable. There are exceptions to this assumption, however. For example, the driver who crashed into the back of the other car can put forth evidence showing any of the following to remove liability from him or herself:
No one can really predict a rear-end car accident; collisions happen suddenly, and there is only so much we can do to prevent them. This is why it is so important for drivers to take special precautions before they get behind the wheel and prevent whatever damage they can, before it happens. Eliminating dangerous driving behaviors and unnecessary distractions can go a long way in creating safer roadways in the state of Texas.
What Causes Rear-End Accidents?
While many of the same driving habits and behaviors cause all kinds of accidents, there are specific actions that tend to cause rear-end accidents in particular. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that a majority of collisions are caused by following another car too closely and by speeding. These factors are often intertwined, creating a dangerous--and at times, deadly--combination where rear-end collisions are concerned. Maintaining a safe following distance, obeying speed limits, and yielding to surrounding traffic are all key to preventing rear-end collisions.