Rear-end collisions are sometimes minor, but often result in serious injury or death. Prevention is key when possible. Here’s how you can decrease the risk of a rear-end accident and what to do if you or a loved one are injured.
Tips to Avoid a Rear-End Car Crash
1. Keep your brake lights in operating order.
Check your brake lights often and if they’re not working, replace them as soon as possible. Don’t drive your car without brake lights; it’s easier for other vehicles to miss yours at night. Instead, get an Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.
2. Leave enough space between your car and other vehicles.
Don’t follow other cars too closely, since this increases your chances of hitting them from behind should they need to suddenly hit their brakes. Leave one car length for every ten miles per hour you’re traveling or more.
3. Don’t text and drive.
Distractions make it easier for you to miss signals that the person ahead of you is going to stop, making it more likely that you’ll cause a rear-end accident. Eliminate what distractions you can and never text and drive. Keep your phone on silent or use a handsfree device when necessary.
4. Don’t drive while fatigued.
Driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you feel tired behind the wheel, pull over and rest or ask someone else to drive for you if possible. Avoid driving for more than eight hours in a row; this increases fatigue and the risk of an accident.
5. Don’t slam on your brakes if you can avoid it.
When slowing down or braking, always do so gradually if you can help it. This may not always be possible in near-miss situations, but be aware that slamming on your brakes increases the chances that the car behind you will hit you.
6. Move out of the way for aggressive drivers.
If there’s a driver behind you who is following too closely or showing signs of being aggressive or intoxicated, it’s best to slow down or pull off to the side so they can pass you.
Hurt in a Rear-End Collision? We Can Help
If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end collision, you may not be at fault. We can help you secure compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and other costs related to the accident. Call Zink & Lenzi personal injury lawyers today for more information at (530) 895-1234.