Tailgating other cars is a very dangerous habit that could get you and
other drivers into a car crash. Such a car crash can not only cause injuries
to yourself and/or other involved people, in Texas if you rear-end a car,
you will almost certainly be held responsible for the accident for not
keeping a safe distance and speed with regards to other vehicles. Maintaining
a safe distance and speed is not always that easy though, especially in
bad weather conditions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind that can help
you avoid getting into an accident.
The Three-Second Rule
Generally to keep a safe distance from other cars in traffic you need to
follow the “three-second rule”. To follow this rule, look
at a fixed object in the distant and start counting seconds once the vehicle
in front of you passes the object. If you make it to three seconds when
you pass the object, you’re keeping a safe distance between the
vehicle in front of you that will allow you to timely respond to anything
that happens to the cars in front of you.
Adjust According to Driving Conditions
If you are driving in bad weather conditions, heavy traffic, or at night
when there is less visibility, adapt your driving behavior to these conditions.
At least double the three-second rule and keep at least six seconds distance.
If conditions are really bad, for example when there’s snow on the
road or you’re driving in a snow storm, go to nine seconds, or preferably
try to stay off the road completely if possible. If you don’t feel
comfortable driving in the weather conditions that you are in, try to
stop somewhere and wait it out.
Getting rear-ended by a tailgating driver can cause serious injury. If
you or your loved ones have been involved in a car accident involving
a tailgating driver, make sure to hire an experienced attorney who can
help you get compensated for any sustained injuries. The personal injury
lawyers at The Kyle Law Firm have years of experience in handling car
Call us today for more information regarding car crash cases or to schedule a