Rear-end crashes are among the most common collisions occurring throughout North Carolina and the U.S., according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The agency found that about 87% of rear-end crashes involved distracted driving on the part of the at-fault driver. And in 81% of those crashes the lead vehicle was stopped.
A rear-end collision can change your life forever. Consider the story of Tony, one of our clients. He was living the dream and simply driving home from work one day when his life was forever changed. Click here to read Tony’s story.
5 Ways to Try to Avoid a Rear-End Collision
Rear-end accidents can often be avoided! And prevention is up to each of us. We can start by practicing five simple things every time we get behind the wheel:
- Don’t tailgate -Tailgating or following too closely behind someone else is just plain rude and inconsiderate, not to mention unsafe. If you don’t leave enough distance to stop, there’s a very real chance you will end up hitting another car – and likely blamed for the crash. Remember: one car length for every 10 mph.
- Don’t stop short or cut people off -If you slam on your brakes suddenly and unexpectedly or suddenly changes lanes or pull in front of another car, cars around you may not have time to react. Look ahead and plan ahead.
- Go the speed limit and try to maintain a steady speed – Drivers who slow suddenly can cause a car following them to hit them. A driver who goes too fast also faces an increased chance of hitting the car in front.
- Don’t drive distracted – Pay careful attention to what is going on in front of you, behind, you and all around you – but not to your phone or that last cold French fry at the bottom of your fast food bag.
- Avoid drunk or drowsy driving – Both drunk and drowsy driving make it harder to pay attention to what is going on around you and can cause delayed reaction time. This makes rear-end accidents much more likely. Stop to rest if you are too tired to drive safely. And if you have been drinking alcohol, call a North Carolina designated driver service, Uber, Lyft or a taxi.
And remember this: It’s nearly always the driver who strikes the vehicle in front of him who is assumed to be at fault. That may mean facing liability in a civil suit in addition to dealing with the accident and injuries.