What can you do to avoid a rear-end collision?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2022 | motor vehicle accidents

Rear-end collisions can result in nothing more than a bit of damage to the bumper and paintwork. Or they can lead to long-term neck and spinal injuries. However minor the event seems, you need to get a medical check-up to avoid overlooking an injury.

Most rear-end collisions are avoidable. Typically they occur for the same few reasons:

Driving too close to the car in front

A safe following distance is best viewed as a safe following time. Try to remain three seconds back from another vehicle at all times. The faster you travel, the greater the distance that three seconds will be.

Getting distracted

It is hard for drivers to spot someone’s brake light if they are not looking ahead. Using the phone, adjusting the music, eating or talking to passengers can all take a driver’s mind off the road.

Making assumptions

It happens a lot in heavy traffic or when the lights change. A driver sees the lights change or notices that the cars a few vehicles up are moving and puts their foot down without checking that the car immediately in front of them has set off.

Reckless overtaking

If a driver passes another vehicle without enough time or space to do so, they may pull back into the lane too close in front of the vehicle they have just overtaken. They might also need to brake to regain control. It could leave the driver behind with no time to do anything but hit them. Some drivers even do this on purpose due to aggression.

If you are in a rear-end collision, seek legal help to examine what happened and fight for adequate compensation.