When driving in a car, a lot can go wrong. Sometimes even the smallest things can cause an accident. But while a variety of car accidents can occur, the most commonly seen type of motor vehicle collision in the U.S. is a rear-end collision.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost one in three crashes is a rear-end collision. Usually, a rear-end crash isn’t life-threatening, but they often cause a lot of damage, both to your body as well as to your property.
Fortunately, with the advancement of crash prevention technologies (think automatic brake systems), much of the damage that occurs – as well as the accidents themselves – has decreased. However, when it comes down to it, nothing can beat an alert driver with the wherewithal to take precautionary measures. Here are tips for avoiding a rear-end collision.
Avoiding a Rear-End Collision
One of the most important things to remember is to remain aware of what is going on around you at all times. When you are paying attention you will be far less likely to miss something unexpected that requires you to adjust your vehicle in some manner.
Alert Others in Advance of Your Actions
Another important tip for avoiding a rear-end collision is to let other drivers around you know which actions you are about to take. This includes everything from slowing gradually to using your turn signals.
Maintain a Safe Following Distance
One of the main reasons that rear-end collisions occur is because not enough space is left between drivers for the rear driver to stop in time without hitting the back of the first driver’s vehicle. For this reason, it is imperative that you maintain a safe following distance.
The recommendation of the National Safety Council is to abide by the three-second rule for determining whether or not you are safely far enough behind the first driver. The three-second rule simply requires that you look at a stationary object next to the driver in front of you and if you can count to three before you pass the same object, you are too close.
Consider Inclement Weather and Conditions
What is safe when the weather is nice is not always safe during poor weather conditions. Rain, snow, and fog, which can often obstruct your vision and cause roads to be slippery, generally require that you leave a greater following distance between cars and often that you drive a bit more slowly.
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident attorney.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati Personal Injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with auto accidents and insurance companies and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!