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OUR CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER DISCUSSES SAFE DRIVING DISTANCES

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Written by JGarcia

Virtually all driving instructors teach individuals to drive defensively. This is because defensive driving is your best chance of avoiding an accident in Orlando, Florida, or any other area. If you have been involved in a collision during which following distance was a factor, it is important to make sure that the car accident lawyer you hire is an experienced professional, such as one of the attorneys at the JGarcia Law Firm. Below are some helpful facts about safe following distances:

Avoid Tailgating

Following too close, otherwise known as tailgating, is one of the worst driving habits you can acquire. It falls under the umbrella of “offensive driving,” the latter of which is always a mistake, as it is opposite to the way one should drive.

Maintaining a safe following distance is one of the easiest ways to ensure you are never involved in an accident. However, it is an unfortunate fact that this is the most commonly broken defensive driving rule. Ironically, even if you follow all other techniques of defensive driving, it is impossible to be a consistently safe driver if you tailgate.

Keeping an appropriate distance from the cars in front of you typically provides an escape route or allows you to take other evasive action to avoid a crash. These are options that you simply do not have if you are tailgating. Even if you are traveling at a high speed, maintaining a lengthy following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you considerably lowers your chances of a collision if the car abruptly stops without warning.

How to Determine a Safe Driving Distance

As a bare minimum, during normal weather on the highway, you should allow yourself at least three seconds between you and the driver’s car you are behind. This is approximately one car length for every 10 miles when traveling at an average highway speed.

Additional Tips for Avoiding Highway Accidents

Essentially any car accident lawyer would recommend that you avoid responding to aggressive drivers. Rather, allow them to pass you, take a different route or even pull off the road for a few minutes to put distance between yourself and any motorist who appears to be losing his or her temper.

Never try to “beat the rain home” by traveling too fast in rainy conditions. Always make sure your lights are on during foggy or stormy weather.

Watch for motorists with improperly functioning taillights or brake lights. Use caution when trusting another driver’s turn signal and assume he or she is actually leaving the highway. In addition, be alert for drivers who fail to use turn signals appropriately and come to a sudden stop with no warning.

What to do if You are Involved in an Accident

Regardless of the reason, if you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision, choosing the best car accident lawyer is of the utmost importance. It should be a legal expert from a qualified firm, such as JGarcia Law Firm. In this way, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your case is being handled by a knowledgeable and experienced professional. Call (407) 649-6448 to speak with one of our highly skilled attorneys or to schedule a free consultation. Contact Us Today! 

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