Catastrophic car accidents are an obvious reason to seek medical treatment. However, many drivers underestimate the damage a low-impact rear-end collision might cause.
According to the National Safety Council, rear-end collisions accounted for 43.5 percent of all injury collisions in 2019. Keep in mind these are only the injuries severe enough to consult a doctor. There are likely thousands more unreported injured drivers or passengers who required medical attention but never received it. Avoid becoming a statistic. See below to learn how you can avoid rear-ending collisions.
Stay focused on the road
Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous habits a motorist can develop. Unfortunately, many Americans engage in distracted driving every day. Remember, it is illegal to hold a cell phone while driving in Virginia. Stay focused on the road in front of you to decrease your chances of rear-ending someone.
Drive the speed limit
Speeding can not only increase your risk of a rear-end collision but also multiply the damage you cause. Maintain the speed limit, especially on highways and busy streets. Speeding reduces your response time and endangers everyone on the road.
Keep your distance from other drivers
Another common habit for motorists is tailgating. You probably do not realize how little time you have to react in the event of an emergency stop. Maintain the standard four-second distance at least between you and the car in front of you.
Driving is a risky activity that many people do every day. Do not increase the danger of an already hazardous occupation. Follow traffic laws and keep your eyes on the road to prevent rear-end collisions while driving.