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by Jeff Rasansky - January 25, 2011
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

In many cases, a Dallas car accident is caused by a driver who didn’t really know what to do in a particular traffic situation. They may, for instance, find themselves without a way to get to their exit and, panicking, slide over too many lanes to get there, causing an accident in the process. They may also feel pressured by drivers behind them and take risks that they wouldn’t normally take.

iStock_000005827788SmallAvoiding this is easy. It takes education, however. Driving in a city, if you’re not used to it, can be genuinely harrowing. The traffic moves fast, people tend to know the intersections so they’ll fly through those, as well, and giving up your right of way only requires a second’s hesitation. There are also a lot of drivers in any city who always seem to be in a rush for one reason or another.

Keeping safe means not being timid, first and foremost. When you’re in a lane, you have a right to it. If the person behind you is honking, swearing and being otherwise aggressive with you and there’s nothing you can do about it, it’s not your problem, it’s theirs. Nobody in any city has a special license plate that requires people to get out of their way unless they also have lights on the top of the car and sirens. If they don’t, don’t worry about it. When you move over to a new lane, commit to it. Don’t do it slowly or unpredictably for other drivers. When you’re driving in city traffic, a turn signal is a statement of intent, not a request.

Remember that some hours of the day are very dangerous for inexperienced drivers. These include rush hour and weekend nights, when the traffic can be very chaotic. As you get more familiar with how to stay safe on the road, however, you’ll find that you’re able to tackle these challenges very easily.

A car wreck lawyer can help you if someone has injured you due to negligent driving. Even if you’re a complete tourist and you’ve never driven in a city before, the roads are for you as much as they’re for anyone else. If someone assumed that you didn’t need to be there and drove in a way that caused a wreck, an attorney may be able to win you compensation via a jury award or a settlement.

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