A rear-end collision happens when the front of one vehicle comes into contact with the rear bumper of another vehicle. They are the most common type of auto accident in the United States, an estimated annual number of rear-end collisions is 2.5 million per year and with such a high number occurring each year, you are virtually assured of being involved in one at some point in your life.
This does not mean you can’t reduce your odds of being hit — or hitting someone else — from behind. There are precautions you can take that will greatly reduce your risk of being in a rear-end collision or a Gurnee car wreck. Some things to take into consideration while driving in Illinois include:
- Adjust and use your mirrors.
Properly adjusted mirrors can enhance your side and rear vision, allowing you to spot and identify other drivers. Every time you enter your vehicle, double-check and adjust your mirrors to the correct positions. As you are driving, use your mirrors to keep an eye out for vehicles behind you. Make appropriate adjustments as other drivers approach.
- Brake wisely.
Be conscious of what is happening ahead of you. Allow yourself adequate time to slow down gradually as opposed to coming to a sudden stop. This will allow the person behind you to see and react to your braking.
- Don’t allow tailgating.
If you notice a driver following too closely to you, gradually slow down so that the tailgater can go around you. If that does not work, try changing lanes. Be careful when dealing with a persistent tailgater: that’s one frequent indication of a road rage incident.
If you have been involved in an Illinois car wreck, contact the Gurnee personal injury attorneys of Hupy and Abraham for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation at 847-625-5500, toll-free at 866-625-2299, or using our online contact form. Just for calling, we will send you a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.