Dolman Law Group is an award winning Clearwater car accident and personal injury law firm. Matthew Dolman has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by his colleagues. Mr. Dolman has been nominated as a top 100 trial attorney and top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
Florida statute2 mandates that a driver should not “follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and
prudent.” When determining what distance is reasonable and prudent, the law
requires a driver to take into consideration the road conditions, type of road
they are on, and the speed of the traffic around them. For example, if you are
on a highway with traffic moving at 60 miles per hour, you are expected to
leave a significantly more room than if you were on a city street with a speed
limit of 35 miles per hour. The law also addresses requirements for large
trucks and trucks towing trailers or vehicles to leave at least 300 feet
between themselves and any other large truck.
an individual causes an accident due to tailgating, they may be cited by law
enforcement officers for violating traffic laws and may also face liability in
civil court for any injuries and losses that occurred.
Why drivers follow too closely
many possible reasons why a driver may negligently choose to tailgate another
vehicle, including the following:
intimidate a slower driver into increasing their speed;
an attempt to change lanes when there is faster traffic in the other lane;
to “draft” another vehicle to preserve gas mileage;
they overestimate their driving skills.
what the reason behind tailgating may be, it is a highly dangerous practice
that leads to severe rear-end collisions.
injuries in rear-end collisions
collision happens whenever the front of one vehicle (in this case, the
tailgater) crashes in to the back of another vehicle. These accidents can
result in very serious injuries for motorists, including:
brain injuries – Many individuals in the front car of a rear-end collision hit
their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or side window. Though
airbags are intended to prevent this type of injury, they do not always
adequately do so. In addition, simply the jolt of the crash can cause the brain
to shake in the skull and can result in damage.
and back injuries – Whiplash and similar injuries are highly common in this
type of collision due to the nature of the impact. Victims can suffer serious
effects of neck and back injuries and may often have to miss a substantial
amount of work.
bones – A rear-end collision often causes limbs to crack against the inside of
the car, which can result in serious fractures in the bones in the arms and
legs. These fractures often require extensive recovery time and even surgery.
how a qualified Clearwater auto accident attorney can help you today
follow too closely or engage in other dangerous aggressive driving behaviors
put everyone else on the road at risk of serious collisions and life-changing
injuries. There is no reason why a driver should violate Florida law and
tailgate and any driver who does so should be held fully responsible for any
resulting accidents, injuries, and losses. At the Dolman Law Group, our car
accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum amount of
compensation from an aggressive driver and we will take every step possible to
ensure that your losses are covered. We offer free consultations and never
collect a fee unless you are able to recover. Please call our Clearwater,
Florida office at 727-451-6900 for assistance today.
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756