Did you know that rear-end collisions are among the most common motor vehicle accidents in New York and around the country? When one vehicle collides with the back of the vehicle in front of it, there might be a lot of property damage and some serious injuries. However, there are ways to prevent these kinds of accidents from happening.
Put your vehicle in good working order
Good working order means that the lights work, the turn signals operate, the tires have the correct inflation, and your rear-view mirror is in the right position to allow you a view of what is happening behind you. If you are a fan of driving off-road, wipe away caked-on mud that could cover reflective surfaces. Something as simple as a car wash could make you more visible to the drivers behind you.
Do not be the driver that collides with the car in front
Leaving enough space between you and the driver ahead of you could prevent a motor vehicle accident. If you leave enough space that you can see the entire rear tires of the car ahead of you, the odds of a rear-end collision are lower. Of course, when the weather gets bad and decreases visibility, leave more space. In addition, be a predictable driver, meaning that you:
• Use your turn signal every time to change lanes.
• Brake gradually before reaching a stop.
• Avoid sudden lane changes to get ahead.
Stay safe when you are in front of traffic
It’s possible that another driver might rear-end you. Keep an eye on the cars that drive up behind you at a light. If it looks like one of them is not looking or stopping, you may have time to get out of the way safely.
In some cases, it is virtually impossible to avoid a rear-end accident. If another driver crashed into you, consider talking to an attorney to protect your rights.