Rear end collisions are the most frequent type of collision. Because of property damage and medical expenses, they can be quite expensive. Who is liable for a rear-end collision? Typically, the driver that rear-ended the vehicle.
What can you do to avoid being rear-ended or rear-ending another vehicle?
- Inspect your vehicle to ensure all lights are working. Broken taillight, break lights, or blinker lights could cause a rear-end collision because the driver of the vehicle behind you may not know your intentions until it’s too late. Rear lights give the driver behind you time to react to your next move.
- Do not text or any other activity that is distracting to the driver. That includes looking at passengers while driving. If you drop something, like a drink, do not reach over to find and pick up the drink. Use your blinker and slowly drive your vehicle to the shoulder of the road before picking any object up.
- Be aware of your surroundings. First, check the visibility conditions before you start your vehicle. During dense fog leave extra room, so that you have time to react to the driver ahead of you. Rain and snow can be very hazardous. Those road conditions can leave drivers somewhat helpless at times. You may be aware that the vehicle in front of you is stopping, but your vehicle may slide into them anyway. Give yourself extra room during slippery conditions.
- Be cautious of your surroundings. While driving down a busy street, leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. If a person or animal runs in front of their vehicle they may not have very much warning time either. While driving near schools, parks, veterinary offices, and dog parks be aware of children or animals that could run in front of you or the driver ahead of you.
- Know your medications. Many medications, both over the counter and prescriptions, cause drowsiness. Drowsiness can impair reaction time.
- Drive the appropriate speed. The speed limit is set based off of road conditions and risks. Neighborhoods and curvy roads will have a lower speed limit, while highways will have a much higher limit.
- Avoid tailgaters or tailgating other vehicles. If you notice a vehicle that is following too closely, pull to the shoulder and allow them to pass. If they are too close, they may not have enough time to react to your vehicle turning or slowing to a stop sign. To avoid tailgating another vehicle try the 3 second rule. This rule of thumb will give you enough space to react to the vehicle
- Larger vehicle, larger following distance. If you can’t see in front or around the larger vehicle leave extra space between both vehicles. This will allow increased reaction time.
- Many vehicles that stop frequently will have a sign or lights giving you notice that they will stop many times. Look for these vehicles and adjust your speed and distance accordingly
- Have a safe exit route. Sometimes the only way for you to avoid rear-ending another vehicle is to pull to the shoulder. There may not always be a safe place to go to, but many times there will be a shoulder to drive to.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most frequent collisions and can usually be avoided. Being aware of your situation and using the appropriate speed and distance can help you avoid this. Not only will these tips help you from rear-ending another vehicle, but these can help you from being rear-ended. In the event that this happens, having vehicle insurance is important and can save you thousands of dollars, not to mention a ticket for not being insured.