What is a Safe Distance to Avoid a Rear-end Accident?
- April 23, 2013
- Car Accidents
This depends on the driving conditions. If, for example, we are having one of our typical, lovely, sunny days here in Dallas, safety experts recommend that you follow at least three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Measuring the time between your vehicles is simple: Pick a landmark and start counting. Begin your count when the back bumper of the car or truck ahead of you crosses this landmark. Good landmarks include a crack in the road or a mile marker. Continue to count—we trust you will not rush the counting—until your front bumper crosses the same landmark.
Once you do this, you might find that you have been following too closely to the vehicles in front of you. The problem with following closely is that if the vehicle in front of you were to slow even moderately, there is a good chance that you could rear-end it.
Rear-end accidents, especially at high rates of speed, are often worse for the second car involved. In other words, if you rear-end the car in front of you, you are likely going to be injured and your car may be more severely damaged.
When Accidents Happen
As a Dallas car accident lawyer, I know that sometimes—in spite of your careful driving habits—accidents happen. If you have been hurt during a car crash in Dallas or anywhere in North Texas, be sure that you get the compensation you need to recover from the crash and move on with your life.
Call 972-774-9800 to speak with one of our experienced, compassionate Dallas personal injury lawyers. As an accident victim, you have rights; protect them.