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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 25 years of legal experience.

One of the deadliest Dallas car accident scenarios is a pileup. A pileup occurs when one vehicle at the head of the pack of vehicles comes to a sudden stop, causing a chain reaction in which many vehicles behind that vehicle all smash into each other from the rear. This is a frequently-seen wreck on freeways, where drivers tend to gather into tight packs and to tailgate one another, especially in rush hour traffic. The best way to avoid this type of a wreck can also sometimes prevent you from being caught up in the traffic to begin with.

car signalThe real cause of any pileup is the lack of space behind each vehicle and the fact that the stopping distances of each of those vehicles are much longer than the space available to their drivers. To avoid being in a pileup, keep at least a couple of car lengths open in front of you. There is a benefit to this that will make it worth your while.

When one driver does this, even if they’re lagging behind the pack, they can actually break up a traffic jam. The extra space allows you to keep driving without stopping, which is much easier on your vehicle than stop-and-go driving. That extra space also allows people to get into the lane in front of you and prevents you from becoming part of the traffic jam. This isn’t a foolproof way of breaking up a traffic jam, but traffic engineers have long known that, in many cases, one driver having the foresight to keep space open in front of them can prevent some of the worst rush-hour backups in any city.

That extra space can also prevent you from becoming a statistic. With the extra space, you have more time to react to someone stopping in front of you and more distance to stop if they do. This can prevent you from becoming one of the many vehicles involved in a pile up.

If you’re injured in a pileup, talk to a Dallas vehicle accident attorney. They may be able to help you by putting together a lawsuit that could win you compensation for your injuries, your property loss and your pain and suffering. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you don’t end up picking up the bill for a wreck that was caused by another driver’s negligence.

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