Tailgating / Following Too Closely
Whether you are rushing to get to work or are frustrated when you are stuck behind a motorist who is driving far below the posted speed limit, following too closely behind the vehicle in front of you is a dangerous behavior that can lead to serious accidents. Tailgating is a serious problem in West Palm Beach and on other roads and highways throughout the State of Florida. When a driver gets too close to the car in front, reaction time between vehicles diminishes, putting the vehicles at risk for a rear-end collision.
At the Hollander Law Firm, we are very familiar with accidents caused be reckless drivers, including motorists who follow too closely behind other vehicles. While tailgating may be a common driving practice on the crowded roads and highways of West Palm Beach, trailing a vehicle is high-risk behavior often performed by reckless and impatient drivers. If you have been injured in a crash or collision caused by a tailgating driver, the Hollander Law Firm can help. An experienced West Palm beach motor vehicle accident attorney will carefully review your case and work to hold the responsible driver liable for your injuries.Following Too Closely Behind Another Vehicle is Dangerous and Illegal in Florida
In Florida, following too closely behind another vehicle is considered a moving violation. Florida Statute 316.0895 provides that a driver is prohibited from following behind another vehicle “more closely than is reasonable and prudent,” taking into account the speed of the vehicles as well as traffic and highway conditions.
Even if you are unfamiliar with the Florida traffic code, you have probably heard of the “three-second rule” (sometimes called the four-second rule) which provides that motorists should stay at least three seconds of traveling distance behind the vehicle that is directly in front of them. This rule is meant to serve as a guideline to ensure that drivers maintain a safe distance between vehicles to avoid a rear-end collision. Unfortunately, not all motorists obey the law and the rules of the road, leading to serious accidents and injuries.Common Injuries Associated With Tailgating and Rear-End Collisions
When a car is struck by a driver who is following too closely, the occupants of the vehicle in front can suffer many different types of injuries. Depending upon the speed, size and weight of the vehicles involved in the crash, these injuries can range from minor to severe. Below are some of the most common types of injuries associated with tailgating accidents and rear-end collisions:
- Head injuries and concussions
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Facial disfigurement
Tailgating accidents are often caused by careless, reckless and even hostile drivers who fail to adhere to the rules of the road. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a vehicle collision when another driver was following too closely behind your car, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver. The Hollander Law Firm has extensive experience helping accident victims in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and other areas in Florida recover fair compensation in these types of events. Call us today at (888) 751-7770 to schedule your free consultation with a dedicated and skilled West Palm Beach motor vehicle accident attorney.