What to look for to prevent a rear-end collision

Eighty percent of all neck related injuries treated by medical staff are caused by automobile accidents. Of those 80% of neck injuries, around 85% are caused by rear-end collisions which resulted in a whiplash injury. Since we all have eyes in the front of our heads as opposed to the opposite, we tend to regard rear-end collisions as one thing that is unavoidable, but is it? Seems there are things that can easily be done to prevent this from happening.

fundamentally there are a couple of types of rear-end collisions.The first would be the “Dead Stop” rear-end collision which happens when a person is at a complete stop. An example of this would be when someone is stopped for a traffic light awaiting the signal to go ahead and someone plows into them from behind.The second type would be the “Quick Stop” rear-end collision. This occurs when a driver suddenly without warning needs to have a quick stop when operating a motor vehicle on account of some sort of a hazard in the road. A perfect example could be initiating a “quick stop” so as to avoid a fallen tree limb in the road.Being able to avoid both of these kinds of collisions, is about anticipation.

It’s really important to be aware of what’s near you and anticipate the possible risk associated. And in order to this, there are three basic considerations to take into account.First, ensure that rear-view mirrors are adjusted properly and utilize them. It’s vital to know who’s behind you and exactly how their behavior is on the road.Second, you need to ensure your brake lights are functioning. A really easy way to do this on your own is by backing up or steering a way from a reflective surface possibly a store window and look in your rear-view mirror while braking.Lastly, avoid tailgaters. This can be the person who is continually stopping two-inches away from your bumper. At some point they are certain to miscalculate and even if they don't, by stopping too close, should somebody else rear-end them, you turn into a victim as well. Treat them like the plague in order to avoid a whiplash injury!

Going back to the 2 kinds of collisions, the “Dead Stop,” is centered on using the rear-views. Knowing who’s around you is important, but if you don’t act on it, it will do you know good. Analyze the individual behind you’s behavior. If he or she lacks driving skill or is driving aggressively, allow them to go around you. You may also leave a bit room in front of you and in looking in your rear-view, should you see them coming up behind you without enough room to fully stop, you may be able to inch forward so that you can avoid a collision. Also, attempt to leave yourself an opening. This might mean cutting across at the front of another stopped car or even jumping up on top of a median. In both cases it avoids getting hit.The “Quick Stop” rear-end collision is a tad trickier to avoid. If you are stopped at a merger point, make sure it is clear and once you choose to go ahead, GO! If you start to continue and then hesitate perhaps the vehicle behind you will end up within your bumper. Also try to stay away from the “Panic Stop.“ This is often when you see an obstacle before you and in panicking suddenly stop. Chances are high you don’t really need to stop so quick.

Check your rear-view mirror and halt accordingly in an effort to give others behind you the necessary room to stop themselves.On the flip side, avoiding rear-ending somebody else is all a matter of simple skills which is the reason in many locales it becomes a “presumption of guilt”. Here are some common sense practices to help keep you away from someone else’s business.Take notice! An optimal example of this can be text-messaging. Avoid text-messaging while driving as it is an enormous burden on maintaining your focus.Always leave a secure distance between yourself and the car before you.Look forward past the car before you. By seeing several seconds before both you and the person before you you’re more likely to halt in time should an obstacle arise.

Avoid the person who’s out to commit insurance fraud. This can be a person who’s looking for anyone to run into them so that they can collect payment for many years due to fraudulent pain and suffering they’ve endured, essentially faking a whiplash injury claim. If you’re tailgating someone, you’re a perfect target, so don’t.

Overall, the easiest way to try to avoid any type of accident is to be aware. Pay attention to everything, front, back, side, etc. That way should you identify a potential problem, you'll be able to take action to stay away from it and prevent accepting a new backseat passenger. Safe driving everyone….