Jun 26 2014

Yield Intersection Rear End Accidents

Rear-end accidents at yield intersections are some of the most common car accidents in Austin. When you arrive at a yield sign, you stop and look to your left to enter in order to merge onto the feeder road. The driver behind you does the same. However, many times the driver behind you is so preoccupied with merging onto the feeder road that he often fails to see you stopped directly in front of him.

A rear-end accident can cause damages to the vehicles as well as injuries to the drivers and passengers of both vehicles involved in the accident. Here are some steps you can take to avoid such rear end accidents at yield signs:

Stop a safe distance behind the car in front of you.
When coming to a stop at a yield intersection, keep a distance of at least 3 car lengths behind the car in front of you. This will give you enough space (and time) to move forward to avoid a collision or minimize the impact should the person behind you not appear that they will stop in time.

Flash your brake lights to warn the driver behind you:
This is an old motorcycle trick. When entering into a Yield intersection, tap your brake 3-5 times. The flashing of your brake light, will remind the person behind you that his top priority is to stop at a safe distance behind you, as opposed to merging onto the feeder.

If you have been rear-ended at a yield sign the attorneys at Funk & Associates are here to help. You don’t need to handle it on your own!

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