Articles Posted in Rear End Collisions

On Saturday night at 10:30 PM, an Elk Grove man who was a passenger in a car travelling east on Highway 50 was killed when the vehicle collided with another vehicle stopped on the freeway.

That car had broken down or stalled in the slow lane OF Highway 50. It is not known how long the vehicle had been disabled before the accident occurred.

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As an experienced personal injury lawyer since 1982, it gives me no pleasure to write the above headline.  Many of my friends (indeed my family) are cops, and overall they do a great job protecting us from the bad guys.

Nonetheless, when I see a practice everyday that hurts my clients, I need to speak up. Lately, throughout Sacramento, officers have been coming to accident scenes and failing to write a police report.

tailgating
Tailgating (driving too closely behind another vehicle) is not only annoying, it is dangerous, and a common cause of rear-end accidents.  Tailgating is a pet peeve of most drivers – seeing a car in your rear view mirror that is disturbingly close can feel like the other driver is perpetrating an act of aggression – and sometimes he or she is.  Besides aggressive/road-rage driving, other reasons for tailgating include impatience, inattention or ignorance.

Perhaps some of us remember the adage from driver’s training that you should allow two car lengths between the front of your vehicle and the back of another when driving.  Studies have shown that following for less than two seconds behind the leading vehicle creates the greatest risk of a rear-end accident.  The risk is even greater in heavy, stop-and-go traffic.

Truckers are often involved in preventable rear end collisions.  If a driver is professionally trained, one of the most important issues stressed in training is keeping  a safe distance between the truck

and the vehicle ahead at all times.