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Nicoletti Walker Law Group July 23, 2014

A car accident earlier this week involving four vehicles resulted in three people being sent to the hospital. The crash occurred in Cooper City, Florida, and three of the four vehicles involved in the crash were heavily damaged. It took about two hours to clean up the debris before the road was able to be open for traffic again. Two women were taken to Memorial Regional West for treatment, and two men in one of the cars received treatment at the scene. Another man was seriously hurt when he was trapped in the wreckage. The sheriff’s spokesman said that this man was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital. According to the spokesman, detectives have determined that all four of the vehicles were travelling in the same direction when the collision occurred.

Things You Can do to Prevent Rear-End Collisions

Since all four of the cars involved in the recent accident in Cooper City, Florida, were traveling in the same direction, it is likely that this was a rear-end collision. There are several steps you can take that will reduce the likelihood that you will cause or be the victim of a rear-end collision. First, look farther up the road to spot traffic stopping long before the vehicle in front of you actually slams on the breaks. This gives you time to break sooner and gentler, and will also give more time for the cars behind you to break and avoid crashing into you. Second, check your mirrors often to make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Also, always identify an escape route as you slow to a stop in case you need to veer into the shoulder, sidewalk, or left lane so you can get out of the way of another vehicle that is not stopping in time. When you do stop your car, always leave two or three vehicle lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you. This gives you more room to maneuver if you do need to escape, and will sometimes prevent you from hitting the car in front of you in case you do get rear-ended while you are stopped.

Don’t Flash Your Breaks when Other Drivers Are Too Close to You

A common tactic that some drivers use when another driver is following too close is to flash their breaks in order to get the attention of the tailgating driver. By doing this you can actually increase the odds of being involved in a car accident. A better strategy to deal with a tailgating driver is to simply slow gradually at the next available passing zone and allow them to pass you. If they still insist on following too closely, pull over on the side of the road for a moment at a safe location and allow them to go by.

If you have suffered injuries resulting from a car accident and you want experienced legal advice to help you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled, contact the personal injury attorneys at Mike Walker Law in Clearwater. We are prepared to advocate on your behalf and help you in any way that we can.