Two men suffered internal injuries after a recent rear-end crash in Howard County. The crash happened when one man slowed down on Indiana 26 and was preparing to make a left-hand turn. His vehicle was rear-ended by another man. Rear-end accidents can result in serious injuries and can even be fatal, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of being involved in one.
- Signal early when making a turn, particularly when traveling on a busy road or a road where you will have to slow down significantly to make your turn.
- Avoid hitting your brakes unnecessarily.
- Be extra cautious when stopping or slowing down if another vehicle is tailgating you. If the driver appears to be distracted, or if you think you are likely to be hit from behind, get away from the driver as soon as possible. You may want to pull off on a side road. If you are on the freeway, you can take the next exit and reenter the road so you will be behind the tailgater.
- Leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you that will be able to react appropriately if the driver slows down or brakes unexpectedly.
- On icy or slick roads, increase your following distance and adjust your speed accordingly. Avoid slamming on your brakes on icy or slick roads, as you are more likely to slide.
- Do not be a distracted driver. Avoid using your cell phone or other devices that may cause you to take your eyes off the road, even for a second.
- Be aware of brake lights ahead of you, and react accordingly. On a multi-lane road, brake lights in another lane may lead to cars ahead of you switching into your lane.
- On a multi-lane road, be aware of vehicles in other lanes near you. You may need to switch lanes to avoid hitting a car in front of you.