Generally speaking, when a rear-end collision occurs the rear-driver is presumed to be at fault unless there is evidence to demonstrate otherwise. But even if you are the front car and found to be innocent in a rear-end collision, there’s no escaping the aggravation that comes from being involved – not to mention the potential injuries you may incur.
From dealing with insurance companies to fixing the damage to your vehicle, no one wants to find him or herself in that situation. Luckily, there are certain things that you can do to prevent being rear-ended in the first place.
Anticipate the Actions of Those Around You
Sure, you’re no mind reader, but it’s still important to try to anticipate what the drivers around you are going to do. For example, if you notice that the vehicles way ahead of you are braking, it’s only likely that when you brake, they’ll brake too. Therefore try to break over earlier so that the drivers behind you know to begin slowing down as well.
Always Use Your Turn Signals
The whole point of your turn signals is to use them. They help those around you anticipate what you’re about to do before you do it. When you use your signals early, it allows the drivers behind you to respond appropriately.
Always Have an “Escape Route”
Sometimes you’re able to see potential accidents emerging before they actually occur. For instance, you may be able to see someone barreling through a red light after yours has turned green or you may see a truck speeding up uncontrollably behind you. In a situation like this, it is important to look at how you can get out of the way. It’s important that you always look for a way to escape the spot that you are in when you may need to.
Ask yourself: if you needed to get out of the way of a driver at the last minute would you be able to? Be sure you can always answer yes to that question.
Check Your Mirrors
As with your turn signals, your mirrors are on your car for a reason. You won’t be able to get out of the way of a potential accident that you don’t see coming in advance. Therefore it’s important that you always keep an eye on your mirrors. In fact, experts recommend that you check each of your mirrors every eight seconds while you are slowing or coming to a stop.
Consult with a Qualified Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it can have a big impact on your life – physically, emotionally, and especially financially. That is why you deserve an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the law and knows how it works. Partnering with such an attorney can help to gather the requested police reports and medical records. It is important to have someone in your corner – especially to deal with insurance companies.
At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we work with our clients to fight for what it is that they deserve. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!
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