If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, there is a one-in-three chance it was a rear-end collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-enders account for over 32 percent of all car accidents. While many of these accidents occur at low speeds, rear-end collisions still cause severe injuries and deaths.
You may be wondering why fender benders occur so often. Most rear-end collisions are caused by driver error. Although you cannot change how other motorists behave, you have complete control over your driving. In this blog, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s battle-tested car accident lawyers will discuss essential tips to avoid rear-end collisions.
Safety Measures That Will Lower Your Risk
- Never Drive Distracted: Anything that takes your attention from the road could lead to a rear-end collision. By focusing on driving, you will be able to drive much safer. Scan the road ahead and always be prepared for unexpected situations.
- Avoid Following Too Closely: Tailgating is one of the leading causes of rear-enders. Maintain a safe following distance by implementing the three-second rule on roads and the six-second rule on highways.
- Drive at a Safe Speed: Speeding or driving too fast for the given road conditions can easily lead to a rear-end collision. Since the more quickly you drive, the greater stopping distance you will need, it is crucial to drive at a speed that allows you to react to potential hazards safely.
- Don’t Drive While Drowsy: Long hours behind the wheel or lack of sleep can lead to drowsiness and fatigue. This can significantly reduce your ability to perceive and react to dangers on the road. According to sleep experts, most people need between seven and eight hours of sleep to be fully rested. On long drives, take lots of breaks and pull over to rest if you start feeling tired.
- Steer Clear of Dangerous Parking: Parking along the side of the road is asking for trouble. Many serious rear-enders happen when cars stop on the side of the road. If you need to stop for a legitimate emergency, find a designated area, pull as far away from the roadway as safely as possible, and activate your four-way flashers.
The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s elite car accident injury lawyers hope that implementing our above suggestions will keep you from being involved in a rear-end collision. If you were the victim of a fender bender caused by a careless driver, Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of veteran lawyers are here for you. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $175 million to resolve his client’s injury claims. Please contact us now at 716-839-3939 or by completing the online consultation form to take the first step towards getting the legal assistance you deserve.