Avoiding Being Rear-Ended
Everyone hates getting into a fender-bender. One of the more common types of automobile accident is
As the name implies, rear-ending happens when one vehicle strikes the rear of another. In most cases,
this type of accident occurs in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and the damage caused is minimal.
Making Use of your Mirrors
However, a driver may get rear-ended on the freeway. Because of the higher rate of speed used on the
freeway, more damage is likely to be caused.
Furthermore, getting rear-ended on the freeway can cause a fairly severe case of whiplash. This may
result in neck pains that last for quite some time after the accident.
While it may be possible to avoid these annoying accidents entirely, it is possible—and wise—to take
steps to avoid them. The best thing to do is practice the principles of safe driving.
Be aware of what is going on around you. You have a rearview mirror in your car for a reason.
Each time you get into your vehicle, be sure that your mirrors
are all appropriately positioned so that you can see what is
behind and around your vehicle. Taking these few seconds to be
sure could mean the difference between whether you get into
an accident or not.
Look in your rearview mirror, even when you are stopped. By
looking in the mirror, you will be able to see vehicles that are
coming up behind you.
If a vehicle is fast approaching, it may become necessary for you to react. You can be observant, even if
other drivers are not.
Before you even go out on the road, though, you should make sure that your vehicle is in working order.
Test your brake lights to make sure that they work.
Ask someone to stand behind your car while you press down on the brake pedal. This other person will
be able to tell you whether the lights are coming on as you push the pedal.
If you want to check, but you don’t have someone around, you can back up toward a reflective surface.
Look at the surface in your rearview mirror and see whether your brake lights are coming on.
Brake lights that are not functioning should be replaced right away. You can try to install the new ones
yourself, or, if you are unsure of your abilities, take the vehicle to a garage.
When you are driving, if you notice that the car behind you routinely stops only an inch or two from
your rear bumper, you should try to move into another lane. Or, if no other lane is available, allow the
other driver to pass.
At an intersection, leave room between your car and the one in front of you. Should a car speed up
behind you, you won’t have to run into the car ahead of you to avoid being rear-ended yourself.
If you don’t have any room, though, you may have to
cut into an open lane next to you or mount the curb.
Either of these options may be better than getting in
You may also get rear-ended when attempting to
move into another lane. Be careful!
Take the time to actually look behind and to the side
of your car before moving into the other lane. It’s
also a good idea to use your turn signal whenever
Not only is it polite to inform other drivers of your intended actions, but using a blinker could prevent a
If you are aware of a vehicle close behind you, try to avoid the impulse to stop quickly. Sudden stopping
often does not allow the driver behind you enough time to stop.
To avoid rear-ending someone yourself, be sure to pay attention! It is illegal to text or use a cell phone
Try your best to leave a lot of space between your car and the car in front of you. That way you can be
sure that you will have time to stop, even if you are not paying attention.
Pay attention not only to what is going on directly in front of you, but also to what is going on in front of
the car that is in front of you. Doing so will help you to be more aware of what the car in front of you is
Following these instructions could also help prevent a more severe car accident that could lead to a
fatality. Thus causing you to need the assistance of a wrongful death lawyer.
Remember to observe the principles of safe driving! Be careful and be safe!
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