The Psychology of Being Rear Ended
In 2008, psychologists at the Georgia Institute of Technology had been studying how drivers react to cars putting on the brakes in front of their own vehicles. They used simulators in order to recreate these driving conditions and then observed their test subjects to see what some of the causes might be for getting rear ended. Naturally, there are quite a few of the common reasons that you can imagine – drivers driving distracted, faulty vehicles, and bad road conditions.
However, they also found out something else. They discovered that the human mind, in many cases, was simply not able to tell that the vehicle in front of them was slowing down if they were slowing at a rate of less than eight to ten miles per hour. This caused people to delay their own braking, which led to more instances of crashes in those simulated tests. They felt that similar things were very likely happening in the real world as well. Instead of simply reporting why we’re getting rear ended, they also started to come up with a solution.
They felt that by adding new computer systems to vehicles that could adjust to the way different drivers handled their vehicles they could help to prevent the collisions. Using sensors and computers to help reduce these sorts of collisions sounds very promising, but it will be a long road yet before auto manufacturers start adding these to their vehicles. Until then, it is up to drivers out there to reduce the possibility of getting rear ended by paying more attention on the roadways.
Still, rear end collisions will happen and it is important to make sure you are getting the right help from qualified attorneys. Contact Kirkendall Dwyer LLP today to speak with an attorney who can help you make sense of your accident.