Many Long Island drivers have been involved in rear-end car collisions. While you may not be able to prevent someone from hitting the back of your car, there are some preventive measures you can take that may help to reduce your risk of rear ending the car in front of you:
Leave plenty of space between your car and the car ahead of you. You never know when the driver in front of you will suddenly stop without warning. That preceding driver may suffer a medical emergency, a child in the back seat could cause the driver to abruptly stop, or a mechanical failure might force the car to stop running.
If you notice someone is tailgating you or driving recklessly, consider pulling over when it is safe to pull over and allowing that driver to pass you. Tailgaters are often impatient drivers prone to “road rage”. Taking a few minutes to avoid a possible confrontation or rear-end accident could be the difference.
Have someone check to see if your brake lights come on while you press on the brake. If someone rear ends you and police find out your brake lights were not functioning properly, you could be cited as an “at-fault” driver of the accident.
Although Long Island drivers have experience driving on snow and ice, don’t become too confident when there is five inches of snow on the ground. Also be aware of black ice on roads that have been plowed. Black ice is a type of ice “film” you can’t always see on the street because it isn’t thick enough. Many rear-end collisions happen on Long Island streets during winter months because of snow and ice.
While rear end accidents can be minor, some do involve vehicles traveling at high rates of speed. Serious physical injuries caused by negligent drivers rear-ending other vehicles may be compensable under New York State law. Call William Mattar today to schedule an appointment with a car accident attorney if you or someone you know has been rear ended and impacted by physical injuries requiring hospitalization. We are available 24/7 by calling 844-444-4444 or via our contact form.