Getting rear ended is one of the worst things that can happen to you on the road. Because you almost never see it coming, these accidents give you no way of doing anything to avoid them, in most cases. What you can do is anticipate that the drivers that you share the road with may not be paying enough attention—this is basic defensive driving—and accommodate their lack of attention by thinking ahead and being ready for anything.
When You’re Turning
Make sure you turn on your turn signal well in advance of corners. This is particularly true on busy roads or on roads where there are many driveways and where people may be paying attention to where they’re going rather than to your car. You should have your turn signal on for at least 2 seconds before you turn. Tap your brakes a couple of times so that your brake lights flash and give the people behind you some warning before you turn off.
When It’s Slippery
Dallas doesn’t get a lot of particularly bad weather, but the roads still get slick. You have to take into account the fact that, because Dallas doesn’t get horrible weather on a regular basis, people tend to be pretty lousy at driving in it. Make sure you give plenty of brake light flashes when you’re planning on turning off or stopping in bad conditions. Most of the time, people will be following you way too closely in these conditions, so be ready for them.
Driving Into the Sun
When you have a car behind you and you’re both heading toward a sun that’s low in the sky, assume that they cannot see your brake lights. Slow down very gradually so that they have time to react. If the sunset or sunrise is so blinding that you cannot see well, go ahead and use hand signals in addition to your turn signals. They are far more noticeable in conditions where your lights are washed out by bright sunlight.
Sometimes, you’ll end up getting rear ended no matter what you do to try to prevent it. You may even be injured. This is when you want to call a Dallas car wreck lawyer. They can help you, in some instances, by preparing a lawsuit and by pursuing damages in court. If you feel that negligence was the reason that someone ran into you, be sure to contact an attorney as quickly as possible to explore your options.