People behave irrationally on the road in different ways and for various reasons. For example, a drunk driver may cross over the center line and drive into oncoming traffic, or someone may lose control of their vehicle around a turn because they are driving too fast. Reckless drivers may also cause a crash when they collide with another vehicle driving in front of them. For example, a rear-end collision may happen because a negligent driver was paying attention to their phone and did not realize that they should have come to a stop at an intersection, slamming into the car in front of them.

Sometimes, rear-end collisions happen at somewhat low speeds and nobody is hurt. However, this can still be a very startling experience for those who are struck by another vehicle, and it can also result in mental trauma and property damage. In other instances, rear-end collisions prove fatal or cause significant injuries, and this is especially likely to happen when a driver is traveling at a high rate of speed. From drug and alcohol use to fatigue, distractions and inexperience, there are all sorts of risk factors that can lead to a rear-end collision.

Some drivers should not be on the road, such as those who are extremely tired and unable to remain alert while behind the wheel. Regardless of the cause of a rear-end collision, victims who are struggling with consequences resulting from the crash should examine the different legal options which may be open to them.