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Austin Personal-Injury Lawyer Explains How to Avoid 3 Common Car Accidents

By Luke Dow on October 13, 2015

Despite advances in vehicle safety, car accidents are still common. If you have been driving for more than a few years, then it is highly likely that you have witnessed or been part of a crash of some kind. According to, there are more than 10 million car accidents across the country each year.

Teen girl texting while she's driving the car.  Very dangerous.

Although crashes are common on American roads, there are measures you can take to avoid them. Familiarizing yourself with common accident scenarios can help you anticipate hazards and stay safe.

Unfortunately, not all crashes are avoidable. If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, the Luke Dow Law Firm may be able to help.

Austin personal-injury lawyer Luke Dow can examine your case and guide you through the process of filing a civil lawsuit. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

In the meantime, read on to learn about three common car accidents:

  1. Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end accidents are among the most common types of crashes in the United States. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, rear-end accidents make up slightly less than one-third of all car crashes in America.

Most of these collisions result from driver inattention. Even a minor distraction can cause a driver to take his or her eyes off the road, and if the traffic slows ahead, the results can be devastating.

To avoid rear-end accidents, always pay careful attention to your surroundings. Keep additional space in front of your vehicle if you stop in traffic, and do not allow yourself to fall victim to common distractions while driving.

  1. Parked Cars
Many accidents happen to parked cars. While these may not cause as many fatalities as high-speed collisions, they still result in extensive injury claims.

It is important always to be aware of your surroundings when navigating areas such as parking lots and busy streets. Avoid parking too closely to other vehicles, and park farther away in quieter areas whenever possible to avoid potential accidents.

  1. Side-Impact Crashes
Side-impact crashes can be devastating, and they often cause serious injuries and even death. The sides of vehicles cannot handle the force of a collision, and even modern vehicles are unable to protect people in the event of a side-impact crash.

You can reduce the chance of getting into a side-impact crash by being aware of your surroundings and following the rules of the road. Check intersections carefully, even if you have right of way, and do not proceed if it appears that another vehicle will not stop.

Never try to run a red light, and always make an effort to stop at yellow lights. Even if you do not see other cars at the intersection, it is always a possibility that one will appear at the last minute.

If you were in an accident and it was not your fault, call the Luke Dow Law Firm for advice. An Austin personal-injury attorney can guide you through the claims process. Schedule an appointment by calling us today at 512-518-4104.

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