Rear end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents, but these accidents are easy to prevent with a few basic precautions.

When Following Another Car

  • Leave plenty of space between your car and the one you are following to give yourself a safety cushion. Be aware when the distance between your car and the one ahead starts to shrink, this is a warning sign to slow down to maintain your cushion.
  • Be aware of possible problems that may develop for the driver ahead. Knowing what the other driver will encounter will give you more time to react in the event of an emergency.
  • If the driver ahead is planning to make a left turn, slow down and be prepared to stop if needed.
  • Never drive when you are tired, dizzy, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These factors can 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 ways you can help to prevent these types of accidents.

  • Check your mirrors often, at least every five to eight seconds. Be especially cautious at traffic lights and stop signs, as these are common spots for rear end collisions.
  • Be aware of a possible emergency escape route, such as a left turn lane, shoulder, or sidewalk.
  • Try to avoid braking suddenly, as this may not give the driver behind you enough time to react.

Rear end collisions often result in whiplash, which can cause long term pain. If you or someone you know has been injured in a rear end collision, contact The Law Office of Thomas Grier to help you get the compensation you are entitled for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.