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What To Do After A Rear End Collision?
You approach a crosswalk and see someone starting to cross the street. You stop, but the car behind you doesn’t. You get rear-ended. What happens next? Rear-end collisions are the most common kind of car accident. Out of the 6 million car accidents that happen on U.S. roads every year, over 40% of them are rear-end collisions, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As common as rear-end accidents are, it’s important that drivers know how to handle them. Find out what to do if you’re rear-ended.
What to Do When You’re Rear Ended
Rear-end collisions could happen any number of ways, in any number of places. You could be stopped at a stop sign, red light, or crosswalk, when the driver behind you doesn’t stop or they take their foot off the brake pedal a little too soon. Follow a few simple steps after you’re rear-ended to help ensure everyone’s safety.
- Take a deep breath, and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries. Seek medical attention for those injured.
- Call the police and report the accident.
- Take pictures and document the positions of the vehicles. Explain to the police officer how the accident occurred.
- Get a copy of the accident report.
Tips for Avoiding Rear End Collisions
You can’t predict what other drivers will do, but you can take precautions to help ensure you’re not involved in a rear-end collision. Use these tips to keep a “space cushion,” or distance around your vehicle. You’ll give yourself more time and more options to react when the unexpected occurs.
- Leave at least two to three car lengths of space between you and the car in front of you.
- Follow at a safe distance and increase this distance if road conditions are slippery.
- Avoid all forms of distracted driving, including eating, talking on the phone, or texting!
- See the big picture. Look for slowing traffic beyond the car in front of you.
- Approach stop signs and red lights gradually. Slow to a stop instead of slamming on your brakes. A hard brake could surprise the driver behind you.
- Check your brake lights and turn signals frequently to make sure they’re working.