Rear end collisions can be very serious. Many times they are caused by
Rear end collisions are also often the result of drivers who speed or follow other cars too
close. Regardless of the cause, rear end collisions frequently result
in death or serious injuries.
Rear End Collisions Are A Problem Nationwide
A recent rear end crash resulted in the death of two women in Santa Rosa,
California. On 3/17/14, two women were killed when a pickup truck driver
slammed into the rear of the Toyota Camry in which they were traveling.
The driver of the truck admitted that he was checking a text message on
his cell phone immediately before the crash. The truck was traveling between
55 and 65 miles per hour when it slammed into the rear end of Toyota.
The force of the collision pushed the Camry into the car in front of them.
Wedged in between the two cars, the back of the Camry was pushed forward,
killing both of the women who were seated in the back seat. The front
seat passenger also suffered
major traumatic injuries, but is expected to survive.
Rear End Collisions Occur Frequently In Las Vegas
Las Vegas residents are frequently injured in
rear end collisions. The Spaghetti Bowl 95 freeway interchange and the I-15 corridor, between
the 215 interchange in the south, and Craig Road in the north, are both
known as areas in which rear end collisions occur with regularity. The
combination of people driving at high speeds and the frequency of road
conditions that result in stop and go traffic make these areas high risk
for rear end accidents. Notable examples of I-15 (strip corridor) rear
end accident victims include persons such as Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid, who was injured by a driver that ran into the rear of the car in
which he was a passenger. Other examples include numerous occurrences
of taxi-cab passengers who have been injured and even killed while traveling
in these and other areas in Las Vegas. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) recently reported that a full 28% of all car accidents
are rear end collisions. This is sobering in light of the serious neck
and back injuries that these types of car accidents frequently cause.
In an effort to reduce these types of car accidents, The NHTSA is advocating
the mandatory installation of collision systems on all new automobiles.
It is estimated that this change would greatly reduce rear end collision
related deaths and injuries. It remains to be seen if Congress will impose
this recommendation on automobile manufacturers who sell cars in the United States.