Top 25 Causes of Accidents: Tailgating

Many drivers are impatient and reckless. When they drive too close to another car, they cannot react in time if the car in front of them brakes suddenly. Many fatal car accidents have occurred when a motorist dangerously tailgated another driver at high speeds. You can prevent these car accidents by giving the car in front of you a one-car-length buffer for every 10 mph you drive. According to research by the Highways’ Agency, tailgating is a contributing factor in more than one-third of all crashes on the road and is one of our top causes of car accidents.


Avoid a car accident caused by tailgating by following these tips:

  • Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop safely in behind the car in front of you.
  • Leave enough space between the automobile in front of you in case it suddenly slows down or stops.
  • Remember that large automobiles and motorcycles require a greater distance to stop.
  • In bad weather (rain, snow, fog, etc.), it is best to double the distance between you and the car in front of you.


Timing rules used to avoid car accidents caused by tailgating

When you are driving a car, it can be difficult to determine the distance between you and the car in front of you, so another solution is to remember these three rules:

  1. Two Second Rule

    If you are on a dry and clear road, it is recommended 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.

  2. Four Second Rule

    If the roadways are wet and rainy, it is recommended to count a four-second safety gap between you and the car in front of you.

  3. Ten Second Rule

    For icy and snowy conditions, ten seconds is recommended. This may seem like too much time needed in order to determine distance, but every winter car accident statistics go up because motorists feel they can bypass this rule.


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.  Road rage and impatience drivers should never get in the way of you making it home safely to see your family.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else who was tailgating then call us now at 972-270-2222 for a FREE consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer. Since 1993, our Dallas law office has been geared primarily towards auto accident claims. We know how the insurance companies work, so let our insider knowledge help you in your time of need.


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