There are many causes to Anchorage and Alaska car accidents, but many of them are caused by common mistakes by drivers who fall into bad habits. Tailgating is one these common mistakes. If you have been harmed or injured because of another motorist making this mistake, seek the help of an experienced Alaska accident lawyer. In the meantime, below is a brief introduction to the issue.
Know the Preferred Following Distances
Most drivers were taught that the proper following distance between two vehicles is approximately two seconds on city streets and four seconds on highways. These numbers were not reached by mistake. They are the result of studies that calculate the time needed to avoid a collision based on the speed of the vehicles involved. Unfortunately, not all drivers follow these standards.
Consequences of Tailgating
The most common type of collision when a motorist is following another motorist too closely is a rear-end collision. When a car is following the vehicle in front of them too closely, it reduces or eliminates the time to avoid a collision should something unexpected happen. A rear-end collision is also one of the most dangerous types of collision. As a result of this type of collision, injuries such as concussions, whiplash, and traumatic brain injuries can occur. They can be difficult to treat and sometimes life altering and even fatal.
How Alaska Car Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved has been injured in a car accident, you should contact a car accident lawyer or personal injury attorney. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation. You can also visit our personal injury page, car accident page, and our Blog for more information.