A Prince George’s Police officer was taken to the hospital after being involved in a three-car accident on the Capital Beltway. Initial reports state that the officer’s vehicle was rear-ended in as he was slowing down for traffic. Another accident victim was also evaluated for minor injuries.
Rear-end Collisions One of the Most Common Types of Automobile Accidents
Almost 30% of all automobile accidents are rear-end collisions according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA). Even though the parties involved in the accident on the Capital Beltway do not appear to be seriously injured, rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries for the driver and passengers. One of the most common injuries in this type of vehicle accident is whiplash.
Other injuries that we see in rear-end collisions include spinal cord injuries, closed head injuries, back and shoulder injuries, broken bones, and internal bleeding. The severity of the injuries increases with speed; however, whiplash and other neck injuries can cause permanent conditions that negatively affect a person’s ability to resume normal activities.
How to Avoid a Rear-End Collision
Understanding the common causes of rear-end collisions can help you avoid these types of accidents. While you may not be able to prevent another driver from hitting you from behind, you can take precautions to avoid causing an accident.
Common causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Driving too fast for conditions;
- Tailgating and road rage;
- Distractive or inattentive driving (i.e. texting, talking on the telephone, putting on makeup, using electronic devices, changing the radio station, etc.);
- Driving when you are fatigued;
- Heavy traffic;
- Drivers turning or stopping suddenly; and,
- Mechanical failure.
The best way to avoid causing a collision is to avoid following the car in front of you too closely. Drivers should allow at least four car lengths between them and the vehicle in front of them. You never know when a vehicle will stop suddenly; therefore, you must allow yourself enough time to stop before colliding with the vehicle in front of you.
The other way you can avoid rear-end collisions is to pay attention to the road. Distracted driving has become one of the top reasons for accidents on our roadways. When you are behind the wheel of an automobile, your full attention and focus should be on the traffic and the road. If you cause an accident by following too closely, you may be responsible for damages and injuries to other drivers.
Have You Been Injured in a Rear-end Collision?
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of DuBoff & Associates, Chartered by calling (301) 495-3131 to schedule a free consultation.
It is important that you seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible following the accident to aid in your recovery. It is also important that you seek the advice of skilled personal injury lawyers to protect your rights to receive a fair settlement for your damages.