Rear end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents, but these crashes are easy to prevent with a few basic safety precautions.
When Following Another Car
Drivers have a duty to keep a safe following distance in order to avoid accidents. Here’s how you can keep from causing a rear end collision:
- When the distance between your car and the one ahead starts to shrink, this is a warning sign. You want to leave plenty of space between your car and the one you are following to give yourself a safety cushion. This means you should stay at least three seconds behind the vehicle that is directly in front of you.
- Try to look for problems that may develop for the driver ahead. This will give you more time to react in the event of an emergency.
- Many rear end collisions happen when the car in front of you signals for a left turn. If the driver ahead is planning to make a left turn, slow down and prepare to stop if needed.
- Never drive when you are fatigued, dizzy, nauseous, or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. These factors slow your reaction time and make a rear end collision more likely.
When Another Car Is Following You
Although the tailgating driver is usually found liable in a rear end collision, there are still ways you can help prevent these types of accidents. For example:
- Check your mirrors often, at least every five to eight seconds when driving and before you need to slow down or stop. Be especially cautious at traffic lights and stop signs, since these are common spots for rear end collisions.
- Keep your eye out for an emergency escape route, such as a curb lane, left turn lane, shoulder, or sidewalk. Knowing where to go in case of emergency will help keep you safe.
- Remember that braking hard is risky behavior. Whenever you brake suddenly, you are taking a chance that the driver behind you might not have a fast enough reaction time. When you slow gradually, you force the driver behind you to do the same.
Holzer Edwards Can Help
Rear end collisions often result in whiplash, which can cause long term pain that interferes with your daily activities. If you or someone you love has been injured in a rear end collision caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. Call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation from the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards.