Rear-end accidents are among the most common types of crashes in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they account for 29 percent of all reported collisions.
Rear-end accidents are sometimes impossible to avoid if you are the leading vehicle. They typically result from the following driver’s inattention or negligence. In most cases, the following driver is liable for the property damage and injuries that result from a rear-end wreck.
Even if negligence and liability seem obvious, recovering damages can be a legally complex process. Some drivers deny fault, and the insurance company may pressure you to sign a settlement that will not cover your ongoing medical bills.
Until then, read on to learn how to avoid rear-end collisions:
What Causes Rear-End Accidents?
There are several factors that may cause a rear-end accident. Driver distractions such as texting, navigation devices, and car entertainment systems can lead to a crash. According to Distraction.gov, a recent study revealed that drivers who use cell phones were twice as likely to cause a rear-end collision. Tailgating, poor weather conditions, inappropriate speed and driving under the influence are also contributing factors in many rear-end accidents.
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Avoiding Rear-End Accidents
It is not always possible to avoid becoming the victim of a rear-end accident – particularly if you are stuck in heavy traffic or at a red light. However, there are steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of a collision.
If you must come to an abrupt stop, check your rear-view mirror for signs that the following driver is not paying attention. If he or she is using a cell phone or not slowing down, then activate your vehicle’s hazard lights. In fact, it is a smart practice always to turn on your hazard lights as soon as you realize you will have to stop unexpectedly. This is why many modern cars automatically activate warning lights in the event of heavy braking.
Also, keep your distance from the leading vehicle when you stop at a traffic light or stop sign. This may give you enough room to maneuver if you notice the car behind you is not slowing down.
Possible Rear-End Collision Injuries
Rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers. Whiplash is common because the impact can throw your head forward and backward.
Rear-end crashes can also cause knee, ankle and carpal tunnel injuries to victims who brace for the impact. Some rear-end accidents activate the vehicle’s airbags, which can contribute to head and facial injuries.
If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, contact a Mobile personal injury lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. We can evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.
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