When the police attend an accident scene, the officer has an obligation to investigate why the accident happened. Where the police officer believes a law has been broken, the officer may issue a ticket.
A rear end accident may have occurred because:
- the driver made a driving mistake.
- the driver in front stopped quickly without notice.
- the driver was following too closely to stop in time.
- the driver was going to fast to stop without hitting the traffic in front.
- the driver was unable to stop when they saw traffic ahead was stopped.
- the driver wasn’t paying attention or was distracted just prior to the accident.
In rear end accidents the officer usually issues a ticket for careless driving because, they believe the driver was “driving without due care and attention”.
The accident happened because “the driver was not being careful enough given the road conditions or vehicle traffic”.