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Generally speaking, the driver of a vehicle that rear-ends another vehicle is deemed responsible for causing the collision to happen. Therefore, it is in any motorist’s best interest to learn how to avoid hitting another vehicle from behind while traveling on Oklahoma roads and highways.

Steps that you can take to minimize the risk of a crash

You can minimize your risk of getting into an accident by planning your route in advance. This will make it easier to focus on road conditions as opposed to where your exit is. It may also help you prepare for construction projects, detours or other changes to typical traffic patterns before you encounter them. Knowing about these issues in advance may help you drive at a safe speed and maintain an appropriate following distance.

Technology can help keep you safe

It isn’t uncommon for newer vehicles to come equipped with tools designed to prevent a collision from occurring. A vehicle equipped with an automatic braking system may be able to detect cars, objects or people before you can see them. This allows the car to stop itself long before a wreck can take place. At a minimum, it may allow the car to slow down enough to reduce the severity of any motor vehicle accident that does occur.

Put your smartphone away

A smartphone should only be out if you’re using it to get directions to a destination. Otherwise, it should be kept in the back of the vehicle where you can’t reach it even if you wanted to. In the event that you need to make a phone call, respond to a text message or check your email, make sure to park your vehicle before doing so.

After an accident, it is important to seek treatment for your injuries as quickly as possible. Then, it is typically in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation to pay medical bills, recoup lost wages or to replace items that were damaged in the crash.