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Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Tailgating Test..do you do it ?

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses what exactly is a tailgate accident…We all have places to go and we all want to get there as quickly as possible.  I understand .  Many Ottawa accidents occur as a result of tailgating. As an Ottawa injury lawyer, I am reminded too often of the dangers of tailgating.tailgaitaccident

Tailgate Accidents , did you know…

  • That following closely and tailgating is the cause of the majority of rear-end collision accidents – which also accounts for 1/3 of all Ottawa accidents.
  • Between 2005 and 2007, 13,333 Ottawa accidents occurred, which resulted in 4,237 personal injuries and 11 deaths.
  • Most Ottawa accidents occur during morning rush hour, between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, then slowly taper off. Increasing gradually to peak at evening rush hour (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM) then again taper off during evening hours.
  • 72% of Ottawa accidents occur in clear, dry weather. 12% occur during rain,  and another 12% during snow or winter conditions.
  • Approximately 1/2 of Ottawa accidents occur at an Ottawa intersection.
  • Car accidents account for the majority of fatal accidents.
  • Approximately 30% of personal injury related Ottawa accidents occur when a driver disobeyed a red light.

What is considered tailgate?

What is a safe distance to travel behind other vehicles to avoid an Ottawa accident? Apply the two-second rule. It is the same method that is outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Driver’s Handbook. Use this test while driving.

  • Choose an object ahead of you on the road to use as a reference point– EX: road sign, pole or tree
  • Once the back-end of the vehicle ahead of you passes the reference point, start counting using steamboats.
  • Count how long it takes the front of your vehicle to reach the same reference point.
  • If it takes less than two seconds (or steamboats), you’re travelling too close and are risking an Ottawa accident.
    Important: In wet or slippery conditions, you should allow even more time. Allow yourself time to react and stop quickly and avoid an accident and serious personal injuries…. I came across this valuable information on the City of Ottawa’s website and thought I would share it with you. It make take a little extra time to get there, but avoiding an Ottawa accident and personal injuries….Please take your time and arrive safely…

Ottawa Ontario  Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario  accident victims since 1999. accident victims are entitled to accident benefits even if they do not have their own insurance.  The claim is made against the driver’s insurance company.  Many accident victims are unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled to. With extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, David has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his accident clients. David has the experience and skill to help obtain maximum compensation. David offers free consultations and makes  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

 

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