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by Jeff Rasansky - November 22, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience.

Tips on avoiding rear-end car accidents.

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents in Texas – and chances are that the majority of drivers will get rear-ended at some point in their lives. But while many rear-end accidents are nothing more than fender-benders, some result in serious property damages, serious injuries, and even death.

How can you avoid rear-end collisions?

  • Never tailgate. Tailgating is not only illegal, it is also the most common reason that rear-end accidents take place. Tailgating doesn’t allow drivers enough time to react to a car braking in front of them or to stop their car in time to prevent a collision.
  • Keep an eye on what is going on ahead of the car ahead of you, so that you will see potential hazards as they approach.
  • Keep your speed consistent. If you suddenly slow your car down, or drive at erratic speeds, you are increasing the chances that someone else will rear-end your vehicles. Drive the speed limit, and drive in a predictive manner.
  • Make sure both of your brake lights are working. If the car behind you can’t see you brake, they are less likely to know you are slowing down.
  • Tap your brakes before coming to a stop. Gliding to a stop could make it difficult for the car behind you to understand that you are slowing your speed.
  • If you are stopped on the shoulder or stopped in a lane for some other reason, turn on your hazard lights so that approach cars are aware of the situation.
  • Use your turn signals when switching lanes on the highway or interstate.
  • Slow down in poor weather conditions. Snowy, icy, or wet roads can make it take much longer to slow or stop your car.
  • Don’t drive while distracted! Taking your eye off of the road even for a few seconds at a time can cause you to miss a car braking ahead of you.

Have you been injured in a rear-end vehicle collision? Speak with a Dallas personal injury lawyer today.

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