One of the most common types of accidents that occur on the roads all over the country is the dreaded rear end collision. These accidents, even at lower speeds, can be devastating. Getting rear ended can cause whiplash and other injuries and leave victims in severe amounts of pain. Being on either end of the collision – hitting a vehicle or of being hit by a vehicle – is dangerous. Use the following tips to help reduce your risk of getting into one of these types of accidents.
- Look up the road to see whether the traffic is still flowing or if cars are starting to slow down and stop.
- Check your mirrors regularly (every five to eight seconds) so you can see if cars are coming up behind you too quickly.
- Do not let anything distract you. Focus on your driving and everything that is happening around you rather than your phone or radio.
- Always try to have an escape route in mind when you are slowing down. This ensures you will have somewhere to move your car in case the vehicle behind you does not stop in time.
- Check to make sure your brake lights are working
- Always leave at least two to three car lengths between you and the cars in front of you.
Of course, if you could prevent getting rear ended with these tips all of the time, they wouldn’t cause any problems. However, even when you are paying attention to the traffic in front of you and behind you, these sorts of collisions do keep happening. If you are in one of these accidents, one of the first things you need to do is get in touch with an attorney who can help. Lawyers from Kirkendall Dwyer LLP are ready and waiting to provide you with the legal counsel you need.