By Steven M. Gursten, attorney and President of Michigan Auto Law


If you’ve been involved in a rear end car accident, it’s important to speak with an attorney about your case. There are many different causes for these accidents and there are certain legal issues associated with them that would affect the amount of compensation and damages you may be able to sue for on your claim. An experienced rear end car accident lawyer can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.

What Is A Rear End Collision?

A rear end collision occurs when a car crashes into the back of another vehicle. The driver who rear-ends the other vehicle may be at fault because he or she was following too closely, driving in excess of the speed limit, or distracted by a phone call or text message. These accidents can cause serious injuries and death.

What Are The Causes Of A Rear End Accident?

A rear end accident occurs when a driver hits the car in front of them. The cause of these accidents include:

  • Driver distraction: If a driver is distracted by his or her phone or other activities while driving, the driver may not notice that the vehicle in front has stopped or slowed down until it is too late to avoid a collision.
  • Impaired driving: Drunken driving is illegal and dangerous for everyone involved on the roadways–including yourself!
  • Speeding: Speeding increases your risk of getting into an accident because it takes longer for cars to stop when traveling at higher speeds.
  • Following too closely: Drivers should always leave room between themselves and other vehicles on the road. Doing so helps prevent crashes from occurring due to sudden stops or reduced traffic speed.

What Injuries Can Occur In A Rear End Accident?

Rear end collisions are common and frequently result in serious injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately two million people are injured each year in rear-end collisions.

A rear-end collision can cause one or more of the following injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, back injury, neck injury, shoulder injury, PTSD, and/or depression.

How Could A Rear End Collision Affect a Woman’s Pregnancy?

There can be serious effects when a woman is rear ended in a car accident while pregnant. The crash may result in injury to the woman and/or to her embryo or fetus. Injuries that may be caused by a rear end car accident involving a pregnant woman may include miscarriage, preterm labor, premature birth, and/or placental abruption.

What Are Some Of The Legal Issues Associated With A Rear End Accident?

Most importantly, negligence should be investigated. This is the most common theory of recovery in a rear end accident case, and it involves proving that the other driver failed to exercise reasonable care in operating his or her vehicle, which resulted in him or her rear-ending the vehicle in which you were the driver or a passenger.


A rear end car collision can result in serious injuries or death. An accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and get you the best possible outcome for your case. Let our settlement calculator show you what your case may be worth.