Written by attorney Paul A d'Oliveira

Tips to Help You Avoid Rear-End Collisions

With the frequency of rear-end collisions and the threat of serious personal injuries and property damage, drivers should become aware of the factors that contribute to such a car crash. There are several factors that contribute to rear-end collisions, such as driver inattention, distracted driving, tailgating, and panic stops. Here are three tips to help you avoid rear-end collisions:

(1) Brake slowly: Sudden stops or “panic stops" are one of the top causes of rear-end collisions. You should anticipate when you will need to slow down or stop and avoid sudden changes in speed. This includes slowing down before making a turn. Basically, if you give the driver behind you more notice of your stop, then he or she will have a greater opportunity to avoid a collision.

(2) Signal early: Signalling early gives drivers following you advanced notice that you will be making a turn. Therefore, signalling early will provide greater notice to drivers that are not paying attention, distracted, or tailgating.

(3) Be aware of other drivers: If you notice that a driver following behind you is not giving you enough space you should practice extra caution by making it a point to brake slowly and signal early.

Car accidents are a common occurrence on the road and rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of automobile accidents. It has been reported that almost 30 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions. With rear-end collisions occurring about every 8 seconds in the United States, drivers may wonder how they can avoid being involved in a rear-end collision. According to Science Daily, a study on the human factors involved in a rear-end collision was conducted at Georgia Institute of Technology. The study found that a major factor was human perception. For example, drivers were unable to detect a difference in speed between their vehicle and another unless the difference was at least 8 to 10 miles per hour. Additionally, drivers are unable to detect the urgency with which a car in front of them brakes.

Have You Been Injured in a Rear-End Collision?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision, you may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer regarding a potential claim. d’Oliveira & Associates has over 24 years of experience in Rhode Island and Massachusetts handling car accident claims. We have the legal knowledge to handle your personal injury claims. Please contact the law offices of d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. at 1-800-992-6878.

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