Tailgating Accidents in Tampa -by Your Tampa Injury Attorney, Martin Hernandez
Don’t be a tailgater!
According to research by NHTSA, tailgating is a contributing factor in more than one third of all crashes on the road and, as a Tampa Injury attorney who has investigated or discussed how an accident happened more than 5,000 times in the past 18 years, I would agree that this is one of our top causes of car accidents in the Tampa Bay Area.
Tailgating is when a driver follows the car in front too closely, literally riding up on its tail. Doing so decreases the available amount of time that a driver has to react to avoid a rear-end accident.
Sometimes, when the driver that is being tailgated by another driver behind him or her, the motorist in front gets angry at the person behind him or her and will sometimes “tap” their brakes (just to get the brake lights to go on) or “brake check” them in an attempt to get the tailgater to back off and use a safer following distance. This is very dangerous move and causes needless auto accidents when car drivers lose control or slam into someone’s rear bumper as a result.
Our firm’s car accident attorneys realize that many people are in a hurry, stressed out and believe that tailgating will speed up their journey. Alternatively, we have seen that numerous tailgaters who have anger management issue, such as road rage, which can be reduced through proper counseling and treatment. A driver who is blinded by uncontrollable rage is as dangerous as a driver who is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Tips For Avoiding A Car Accident Caused By Tailgating
- Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop safely in behind the car in front of you. Driving the speed limit is the absolute fastest you are legally allowed to drive, but you should travel at a lower speed during poor roadway conditions in order to give yourself more time to react.
- Leave enough space between the automobile in front of you in case it suddenly slows down or stops. A good rule of thumb is to allow 10 feet of distance for every increment of 10 mph you are driving. For example, 50 feet of distance between cars is ideal for a driver who is traveling at 50 mph.
- Remember that large automobiles or SUVs require a greater distance to stop. We recommend that you leave an even larger distance between your car and those types of automobiles.
- In bad weather (rain, fog, etc.), it is best to double the distance between you and the car in front of you. Bad weather decreases tire traction and causes the slips and skids that can lead to losing control of your car. You can prevent a car accident by maintaining a greater distance from other cars in front of you.
Timing Rules Used To Avoid Car Accidents Caused By Tailgating
When you are driving a car, it can be difficult for you to determine the distance between you and the car in front of you, so another solution is to remember these three rules:
- Two Second Rule
If you are on a dry and clear road, it is recommend that you count two seconds to safely gauge the distance between you and the car in front of you. When the car in front of you drives past a sign, you should reach the count of two before you pass the sign.
- Four Second Rule
This is for when the roadways are wet and rainy. In these conditions, you should employ a four second safety gap between yourself and the car in front of you.
- Ten Second Rule
This rule applies to the white out conditions we get in the summer rains. It could apply to icy and snowy conditions when the roadways are at their worst, but this Florida.
Call Our Lawyers If You’ve Been Injured From Tailgating
By keeping a safe following distance, you can avoid a horrific car accident caused by needless tailgating and possibly injure somebody else. Road rage and impatient drivers should never get in the way of you making it home safely to see your family.
If you’ve been injured in a Tampa car accident that was caused by someone else who was tailgating, then Get Lawyered Up Now and call us at 813-229-5353 or go to InjuryLawyersOfTampa.com for a FREE consultation with an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer.
Since 1982, our Tampa law office has been helping those who have been injured by a car accident. We know how the insurance companies work, so let our insider knowledge help you in your time of need.
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