Avoid Car Crashes by Backing Off a Bit: How Following Too Closely Causes Accidents.

Personal Injury

Everyone knows you shouldn’t tailgate, and we all know how irritating it is when someone is tailgating you.

But have you ever thought about why you shouldn’t tailgate?

Well, in today’s post we’re going to discuss why you shouldn’t tailgate and look at some of the ways in which following too closely causes car accidents.

Why You Shouldn’t Tailgate

It’s Negligent.

Following too closely is prohibited in Georgia.

Georgia law requires all drivers to remain at a “reasonable and prudent” distance away from other vehicles depending on the conditions of the road, the level of traffic, and speed at which all vehicles are traveling.

What constitutes a “reasonable and prudent” distance?

That’s a question for the jury to decide.

But suffice it to say that maintaining a proper stopping distance (i.e., how long it takes for a motor vehicle to stop) is key here. Some experts say that you should allow at least 3 seconds stopping distance between you and the car ahead of you.

How Does Following Too Closely Cause Accidents?

If you have ever had to stop short and been rear-ended, you already know the answer to this question. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most common cause of car accidents is following too closely.

When you follow the car ahead of you too closely, you run the risk of not being able to stop in time if the driver ahead of you unexpectedly stops short.

Tailgating can also cause accidents because it is so annoying. It frequently induces the driver being followed too closely to “check” his brakes to get you to back off. Quite frequently, this will lead either to an accident or road rage.

If you are following too closely behind a semi-truck, 18-wheeler or other big rig, the danger of having an accident significantly increases.


Because big rigs have lots of blind spots. Due to the size and length of commercial trucks, truck drivers can’t see certain areas of the road near their vehicles. For example, 18-wheelers have blind spots:

  • at the front end of the truck
  • on the driver’s side window
  • on both sides of the truck, and
  • directly behind the truck.

Whether you hit the semi or it hits you, bear in mind that accidents involving big rigs almost always result in catastrophic injuries or even death for those in passenger cars.

Keeping a proper distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you is not only the right thing to do, it can keep you and your loved ones safe while on the road.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Cumming, Georgia. 

The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., are here to help you. We serve clients in Atlanta, and in several counties throughout Georgia, including: Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, and Paulding County, among others.  To find out how we can help you, call us at: 770-888-7707. Or contact us here.

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