Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of vehicle accidents in Los Angeles. In the United States there are over 2.5 million rear-end accidents every year.

Rear-end accidents can be minor, but some cause major damage to vehicles and grave injuries to occupants of both vehicles. When a car is rear-ended it is generally the fault of the driver of the other vehicle. This does not mean the driver who was rear-ended can’t take steps in order to help prevent the rear-end collision.

Three things a driver can do to prevent from being rear-ended are:

  • Properly adjust mirrors – Prior to pulling onto a roadway, a driver should adjust the side and rear view mirrors to the proper position. These mirrors should be used to see and identify other vehicles and cyclists on the road. Utilizing properly adjusted mirrors may save you from a side/rear-end collision.
  • Brake wisely – A driver should be conscious of what is going on ahead of them, allowing adequate time to gradually slow to a stop. Coming to a sudden stop may not allow a driver who is not paying attention behind to stop in time. NEVER tailgate (follow a car too closely) another vehicle.
  • Don’t allow tailgating – It is very common for drivers to follow to closely to the vehicle in front of them. If a driver notices this, they should gradually slow down so that the tailgater can go around them. If that does not work, they can try to change lanes or pull off to the side when it is safe to do so.
  • Rainy weather driving – Always allow extra space between you and other vehicles on the road while driving in rainy weather in California.

If you have been involved in a rear-end accident in California, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a skilled Los Angeles auto accident attorney at Steinberg to discuss your legal options. Call 800-989-6385 today for a free case evaluation.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982