One of the most common types of car accidents is rear-end crashes. There are several causes for rear-end crashes including distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, and tailgating. In some cases, a driver may not believe he is in the wrong for a rear-end crash because the driver in front of him stopped suddenly for no apparent reason.
However, the law believes otherwise. If you rear end the vehicle in front of you, you are usually presumed to be at fault because you were following too closely or tailgating. The theory is that if you allowed enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you that you would have ample time to stop even if the driver stopped without warning.
Unfortunately, tailgating is a common occurrence and a bad driving habit that many drivers share. However, you can avoid a tailgating accident by keeping these tips in mind the next time you are following another vehicle.
Avoiding a Tailgating Accident
- Allow plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) advises you to need to follow the 3-second rule. The vehicle in front of you should be at least three seconds faster. To measure, count the seconds between the time when the car in front of you passes a fixed object and when you pass the same object. You should be able to count at least three seconds or more for a safe following distance.
- Increase your following distance in inclement weather, such as rain, snow, and fog. Driving on slippery roads increases the amount of time it takes to come to a full stop.
- When following a larger vehicle, increase the distance between you and the larger vehicle. Larger vehicles require more distance to stop, so you need more time to stop as well.
- Avoid distractions when driving. Distractions can cause you to collide with the vehicle in front of you.
- Don’t give in to road rage. Road rage is a very common reason for tailgating.
- Leave early to ensure you will arrive at your destination on time without the need to tailgate and speed.
- Allow additional room if you are towing and trailer or carrying a heavy load. It takes you additional time to stop when you are carrying a heavy load or pulling a trailer.
Being Injured in a Tailgating Accident
If you sustain injuries in a tailgating accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation from the other driver. Injuries sustained in tailgating accidents can be serious and result in substantial damages. To recover compensation for your damages, you must prove the other driver caused the collision. In addition, you must prove the collision is the cause of your injuries.
Our experienced Fresno rear-end crash attorneys can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case. We can also deal with the insurance adjuster and others so that you can focus on your health and recovery.
Call for a Free Consultation with a Fresno Accident Attorney
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