Mlive reported a Michigan man was killed recently when he was in the backseat of a car sitting at a stoplight. The car was rear-ended by another vehicle, and the 26-year-old man sitting in the back seat was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Two other motorists involved in the crash were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and the two vehicles involved in the rear-end accident were impounded so law enforcement could conduct a further investigation into how the accident happened. Speed was not suspected to be a factor in the crash but the results of blood alcohol testing were pending.
This collision was one of many rear-end accidents which could have serious or even fatal results from victims. Rear-end crashes are dangerous, especially for people sitting in the back seat. Drivers need to consider how they can avoid causing rear-end crashes by exercising caution behind the wheel and by following best practices for safe driving.
Tips for Avoiding Rear-End Accidents
It is usually the driver in the rear vehicle who is presumed at fault when a rear-end crash happens and who should take responsibility for crash prevention. This means whenever you are behind another car on the road, there are certain things you should do to try to ensure a crash does not occur:
- Pay attention to what the car in front of you is doing and to what is going on around you. You need to be watchful at all times so you can see if there is an obstacle which would cause the front driver to hit the brakes and so you can see if the front driver is slowing down.
- Avoid driving too fast. The faster you drive, the greater your car's momentum and the longer it is going to take you to stop. A longer stopping distance increases the chance you'll hit the car in front of you.
- Leave plenty of space between your car and the front vehicle. You want to avoid tailgating, or following too closely, because this will prevent you from having enough time to react if the front driver has to stop short. Try to allow at least three to four seconds to pass from the time the front car passes a stationary point and the time you pass through the same point.
- Stay sober and alert. Don't get distracted, don't stay behind the wheel if you are feeling too tired, and do not get behind the wheel drunk.
These are just a few key ways drivers who follow other vehicles can be responsible and reduce the chances of rear-end accidents which cause serious injury or death. Drivers should also make sure not to cut off other vehicles or to slam on the brakes suddenly if they can help it, as a front driver who engages in these behaviors could be partly responsible for a crash occurring.
A Detroit accident lawyer can help victims in the city and surrounding suburbs including Warren and Sterling Heights. Contact Fraser & Souweidane P.C. at (866) 465-9095 or visit https://www.fsattorneys.com to schedule a free consultation.