Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions & Who's At Fault

Rear-End Collision

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents, often resulting in personal injuries and property damage. Understanding who is at fault in these accidents is crucial for both drivers involved.

In this blog, we will delve into the causes of rear-end collisions, discuss the fault determination process, and provide valuable tips to protect yourself in such situations. Keep reading for what you need to know, and remember, at The Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C., we are committed to helping you navigate the complexities of personal injury cases and working to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the act of paying attention to anything other than your driving while behind the wheel. This can include tasks like texting, eating, or even daydreaming. While many drivers are guilty of engaging in these activities, the consequences can be dire. Distracted driving is dangerous because it takes away from the driver's ability to fully focus on the road, increasing the likelihood of accidents. In fact, research has shown that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. To keep yourself and others on the road safe, it's important to avoid any distractions and fully concentrate on driving while behind the wheel.


Tailgating is a the practice of driving too close behind someone on the road. While you may do this if you're running late or the car behind you is too slow, this is a bad practice no matter how experienced a driver you are. Tailgating not only leads to rear-ending, it also throws off the flow of traffic, and can lead to minor and serious accidents. Bottom line: no matter where you're going or how quickly you need to get there, tailgating simply makes other drivers uncomfortable, and puts everybody at risk. 

Negligent Breaking 

Negligent breaking on the road is a major cause of accidents and collisions. When drivers fail to apply the proper braking techniques, their vehicle can't come to a stop in time, resulting in a collision. This is why it's important for all drivers to understand and apply proper braking techniques. Approaching a stop, for example, requires gradual and gentle braking to reduce speed and fully stop at the intersection. Meanwhile, in emergency situations, a hard and sudden brake can be the difference between stopping in time or causing a devastating collision. By knowing and practicing the correct braking techniques, drivers can prevent accidents and keep themselves and others safe. 

Lack of Vehicle Maintenance 

Your car is one of the most important investments you will make. It takes you where you need to go, whether it's to work, the grocery store, or to your favorite vacation spot. However, a lack of vehicle maintenance can lead to costly repairs and even put your safety at risk. That's why it's important to stay on top of your car's maintenance needs. Regularly checking your oil, brakes, and tires can help prevent issues from arising. Additionally, keeping your car clean can also extend its lifespan. By following these simple tips, you can keep your car in top shape and ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Protecting Yourself Following an Accident

In the unfortunate event of a rear-end collision, make sure to gather evidence as quickly as possible, including photographs, witness statements, and police reports. This is, of course, after seeking medical attention promptly, even if injuries seem minor. Oftentimes, the medical consequences of rear-ending do not emerge till later on, so even if you seem fine, do not hesitate to go to the hospital.

Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C. Is Here for You

Rear-end collisions are often preventable, but understanding the common causes can help you avoid becoming a victim. However, accidents can still happen, and if you find yourself injured due to someone else's negligence, The Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C. is here to assist you. Our experienced car accident lawyers will guide you through the legal process, ensuring your rights are protected. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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