You’ve probably heard that a rear-end accident is almost always the fault of the rear driver, so it’s definitely something you want to avoid. The risk increases at stoplights, in traffic jams, in work zones and in poor weather conditions, but it can happen anywhere. Here are a few tips that can prevent a crash.
- Do not allow yourself to get distracted. Don’t look at your phone. Don’t take your eyes off of the road.
- Never drive too close to the next car. If you’re unsure how close is safe, just give more distance than you think you need.
- Consider the weather and the driving conditions. In rain or snow, leave even more space.
These tips can help you, but can you avoid a crash caused by the driver behind you? Sometimes. A few tips include:
- Paying close attention to your mirrors.
- Letting tailgaters pass you if possible.
- Braking slowly to give them more time to react.
- Watching carefully when you hit the brakes to see if they also slow down.
- Doing routine maintenance to ensure that your brake lights work properly.
- Understanding where you’re going in advance so that you never have to slam on the brakes at the last second.
Of course, even if you do all of the things on both lists, there’s no guarantee you’re not going to get hit from behind by a careless driver. It still happens all the time in Illinois. As noted above, it is almost always that driver’s fault, and you need to know what legal options you have to seek out financial compensation.