Rear-end collisions are some of the most unpredictable, because you, as a driver, can’t always see what someone behind you is doing or take evasive action if it seems like they’re going to hit you. Rear-end crashes happen often, catch people off-guard and lead to serious injuries and deaths.
There are many different reasons why people get into rear-end crashes. Here are three that are fairly common and how you may be able to avoid them.
The first reason people get into rear-end collisions is because of speeding. Speeding limits how long someone has to maneuver if the people in front of them slow down or stop. They may find it difficult to stop over a shorter distance, too, leading to a rear-end crash.
Another common cause of rear-end crashes is tailgating. When someone is tailgating you, it means they’re driving very close to the back of your vehicle. If you have to suddenly stop, you could get hit when they can’t react fast enough to stop as well.
Finally, a third cause of rear-end crashes is distractions. Distractions often cause crashes because drivers aren’t watching where they’re going or don’t realize that they need to slow down or stop.
What can you do to avoid rear-end crashes with others?
As the front vehicle, you can make sure you always slow down over time and avoid slamming on your brakes. You can also move over to allow tailgaters to pass when possible.
If you’re the rear driver, remember to keep your vehicle below the speed limit and to avoid tailgating. Always keep at least three seconds of space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Finally, avoid distractions. Put down your phone, avoid eating behind the wheel and take steps to focus on the road.
These are some things you should know about rear-end crashes and how you may be able to avoid them in the future. If you do get into a crash, remember that the at-fault driver may be able to be held accountable if you file a personal injury claim.