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by Jeff Rasansky - November 23, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

Visibility is not as simple as it sounds. On a busy road, people aren’t really paying attention to what they’re seeing so much as they’re reacting to it. Worse yet, many of those reactions are based on assumptions.

Drivers will assume, for instance, that a car pulling out of an intersection sees them and that their brakes will always work. These sorts of assumptions result in many wrecks. An accident lawyer can tell you plenty of stories about people who just weren’t seen before they were hit.

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Visibility and Automobile Accidents

One of the things you need to avoid when you’re out on the road is making assumptions about the awareness levels of other drivers. Ask motorcyclists about this, if you have doubts. A driver can look right at you, make solid eye contact and still not see you. Their eyes may be on you, but their mind may be entirely somewhere else. To avoid wrecks, always assume that you’re invisible and expect drivers to act accordingly. Don’t be timid, as this presents its own hazards, but do be aware that not everyone on the road really knows you’re there.

For the above-mentioned motorcyclists, the situation is even more hazardous. When people are on the road, they expect to see and to have to accommodate other cars. They don’t really expect motorcyclists the way they expect cars. In fact, some drivers end up hitting and killing motorcyclists, even though they saw them coming. It’s harder to estimate the speed of an oncoming motorcycle than it is to do the same with a car. To make sure that you’re being seen, keep your headlights on at all times and make sure you’re ready to swerve or brake whenever a car is about to turn in front of you.

A Dallas car wreck attorney can help you to seek compensation from drivers who have injured you due their own unawareness of the road. This negligence is not something that those drivers can be forgiven because they’re human and because, of course, we all make mistakes. Being on the road means that you have to be extra aware of what’s going on around you. If you’re not paying attention and you hurt someone, there’s no reason that the injured party should have to face the bills, pain and suffering from the accident on their own.

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