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How to Avoid Rear-End Collisions

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 15, 2017

Rear-end collisions are some of the most common types of car crashes in America. They often occur in a split second, and can sometimes be the result of inattention or distraction. Rear-end collisions range from fender-benders to serious, deadly crashes, and if the offending party lacks sufficient insurance, issues can become even more complicated. If you are interested in avoiding rear-end accidents, you may find the information below appealing.

The Importance of Maintaining a Safe Stopping Distance

Most experts agree that maintaining a safe stopping distance is the most effective way to avoid rear-end collisions. This is especially true during rain, sleet, and snow, when drivers need a greater stopping distance. Conventional wisdom states that drivers maintain a distance of at least two to three car lengths between their vehicle and the one in front of them. This gives drivers enough time to slow down if the car in front of them comes to an abrupt stop. If the driver behind you follows to closely, it would be wise to switch lanes to avoid a potential accident. “Brake checking” or frequently hitting the brakes to dissuade the car behind you to stop following so closely is a bad idea, and it can actually increase a driver’s chances of having a collision.

Are You Entitled to Financial Compensation?

A serious car accident can change the lives of those involved forever, especially when a serious injury or death occurs. If you have been rear-ended due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:

  • Emotional suffering
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Everyday living expenses
  • Lost wages

On the highway, it is each and every driver’s responsibility to ensure that he or she maintains a safe stopping distance. It is also every driver’s responsibility to ensure that the vast majority of their attention remains on the road. If a motorist causes a collision because they fail to do these things, they should be held accountable for their negligence.

Hire an Experienced Seattle Lawyer

Rear-end collisions can be frustrating, and if you or someone you care about has sustained an injury, you will more than likely need the services of an experienced Seattle rear-end car accident lawyer. Here at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we understand your frustration, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve. If you are ready to discuss your individual case, call our Seattle office today at (888) 228-3860.

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