Friday, February 19, 2010

Rear End Collisions and the Exchange of Information

Rear end collisions are among the most common accidents. As a general rule, the driver of a motor vehicle may not follow another vehicle closer then what is reasonable. The operator of the vehicle must maintain a reasonable speed for the driving and traffic conditions. There are specific laws surrounding what is considered to be "reasonable" based on the circumstances of the situation.

At the beginning of the month, a minor rear end collision turned deadly when two parties were involved in a collision in Hyattsville in Prince George's County, Maryland. They pulled over to exchange their information. While they were exchanging information, a third vehicle struck both of the cars and the two people who were exchanging information. As a result the two parties were killed. The police who responded to the scene believe that the driver of the third vehicle was intoxicated.

If both parties agree that liability is clear, go to a parking lot when exchanging information. Countless accidents occur when people are on the shoulder of the road. In most cases, there is absolutely no reason to remain on the shoulder, just several feet away from countless cars most likely all traveling at dangerous speeds.

If you, a family member, or someone you know was involved in a rear end collision or if you would like more information on car accidents, please contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation.

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