Drivers and rear-end collisions

January 31, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Thousands of rear-end collisions occur in Florida every year. And it’s estimated that one out of every four motor vehicle accidents in Florida is a rear-end collision. Drivers and passengers in these collisions can get serious injuries.

The driver in the rear is usually blamed for rear-end motor vehicle accidents. However, there are situations where the driver in front might bear the blame. Here are some ways drivers in front or back can cause a rear-end collision.

Sudden stop

The car in front can make a sudden stop. A sudden stop might take the rear driver by surprise. As a result, the driver in the rear might not have enough time to brake. Without enough time to brake, a rear-end collision is almost certain.

Abrupt lane change

It’s not uncommon for a driver to suddenly switch lanes. The problem is when the driver abruptly changes lanes and cuts off another driver. The driver in the rear might not have enough time to stop. And just like that, there’s a rear-end collision.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving occurs when a driver stops paying attention to the road. Smoking, cell phone use, and eating are common causes of distracted driving. Anything that distracts the driver, even for a second, can cause them to rear-end another vehicle.

Faulty brakes or faulty brake lights

Faulty brakes can make stopping difficult or impossible. And if the driver can’t stop, there’s a chance of causing a crash. Faulty brake lights can also lead to a crash. Without brake lights, the driver can’t indicate that they’re about to stop.

Preventing rear-end collisions

Some accidents are unavoidable, no matter how careful the drivers are. But keeping a safe distance from other vehicles can help prevent rear-end collisions. Working brakes and brake lights are also important.


Jared K. Newman Esq. is the founder of Newman Injury Law. Mr. Newman is an experienced civil litigation attorney who has dedicated his practice to representing those injured while driving, walking, at work or elsewhere due to the negligence of others. He is an experienced advocate for his clients against insurance companies that refuse to pay fair and just compensation for the injuries caused by their insureds. His expertise in litigation rounds out the capabilities that form the personal injury practice area of the firm. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Mr. Newman has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2010.