Every year, there are around 1.7 million rear-end collisions. With so many crashes that are taking place, you may be wondering how you can help prevent them. One good way to is understand how these crashes happen.
Rear-end collisions often occur because a person is driving too closely to the vehicle in front of him or her. The front vehicle stops suddenly or brakes, and the person behind it can't stop in time. It's also possible to have a rear-end collision if the person traveling behind someone doesn't notice a red light, stop sign or is distracted with texting or other things that are happening in their vehicle.
How can you avoid a rear-end collision?
If your vehicle has a collision avoidance system, that's a good first step. The system may actually apply your brakes for you, so you don't hit the person in front of you. Some vehicles alert you with tonal noises or beeps when you are approaching a vehicle too quickly. Some may use lights to indicate that you're crossing the centerline or approaching an object.
Another way to avoid a crash is to pay attention to the road. Any emails, text messages or issues in your vehicle are generally things that can wait a few seconds for you to pull over. Don't look away from the road; doing so for even a few seconds could put your life at risk and result in a rear-end collision.
Crashes seem like a part of daily life, but they don't have to be. If you're hurt, it's okay to want the person responsible to be held accountable for his or her actions. Our site has more on what you can do to obtain compensation.