Car accidents rarely occur intentionally, but even the most insignificant of collisions can ruin your day, leaving you with shot nerves and the dread of dealing with insurance companies and claims. Accidents are bound to happen, but that doesn’t mean they are unavoidable. Read about some of the most common types of car accidents and what you can do to avoid them.


Rear-end collisions, when one automobile slams into the back of another automobile, are perhaps the most common type of car accident. Rear-end collisions are often the result of tailgating and distracted driving. You can avoid rear-ending another car by eliminating distractions such as cellphones and by following at a safe distance. Remember: maintaining a safe distance requires you to make adjustments based on speed and weather conditions.


Side-impact collisions, also known as “t-bones,” occur at intersections either when a driver makes an unprotected turn in front of oncoming traffic or when a driver does not yield the right-of-way and continues straight into traffic. The best way to avoid this type of accident is to remain focused and aware. This includes being aware of other drivers who may be distracted by looking both directions as you pass through an intersection.


Sideswiping another vehicle usually happens when you are making a lane change or when you are entering or exiting a parking space. This is perhaps the most accidental of all car accidents. Sideswiping does not usually happen when a driver is distracted or impaired, but rather when a driver misjudges distance between his car and another. The best way to avoid this type of accident is to be keenly aware of how your car drives and where other cars are in relation to you. If it seems close, don’t risk it.

If you have been involved in one of these or another type of car accident, the Dalton personal injury attorneys at McMahan Law Firm, LLC can help you get the compensation you need.

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