The link between rear-end accidents and distractions

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2020 | Car Accidents

Getting hit from behind is something that many drivers fear because they know that they have little chance to avoid it. You often feel like you can swerve out of the way of a dangerous driver ahead of you or hit the brakes to avoid a crash. This is not always true, of course, but defensive driving at least feels possible. 

With a rear-end collision, though, you may not even see it coming. If you do, you may be stopped in traffic with nowhere to go. Imagine pulling up to a red light, for instance, with a lane of cars on your right and three cars ahead of you. On your left, there are two lanes of oncoming traffic. You can’t move forward or swerve in either direction if you look in the mirror and the car behind you isn’t slowing down for the light. 

One of the main reasons that this happens is because the rear driver gets distracted. In one study, reaction times declined when drivers used phones behind the wheel. In roughly 50% of observed accidents, these distracted drivers never hit the brakes or tried to swerve around the other car. This suggests that they were so engrossed in the phone that they had no idea they were about to hit someone. 

Your fear of an accident like this, as you can see, is certainly justified. Distracted drivers cause these types of crashes every day, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it, no matter how skilled you are as a defensive driver. What you need to know, then, is how to seek compensation after the crash


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