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Tailgating- major cause of Ottawa car accidents, Ottawa lawyer reports..

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth reports..

The Ottawa Police have a new year’s resolution to target tailgating and those who fail to obey stop signs. For the month of January, the city of Ottawa and Ottawa police, will focus on drivers who follow the vehicle ahead too closely and those who don’t stop properly at stop signs. Tailgating caused 4,716 rear-end collisions in 2007 — the most frequent type of crash accounting for one-third of Ottawa’s car accidents. These collisions resulted in 4 Ottawa wrongful deaths and 1,470 Ottawa personal injuries — 17 of them life-threatening. Meanwhile, drivers who failed to stop at stop signs caused close to 1,700 Ottawa car accidents in 2007, resulting in 8 wrongful deaths and 588 personal injuries — 27 of them life-threatening.  The recommended amount of distance between 2 vehicles is 2 chevrons , which I believe is equal to two car lengths. The more distance the better.

Parents need to lead by example

I think its also particularly important for parents to lead by example when driving with young drivers or soon to be drivers.  Our children watch what we do and they copy what we do and this is especially true when it comes to driving.  If you tailgate and your child learns from you that tailgaiting “isn’t that bad”, they may be likely to tailgate as well.  This is extremely dangerous given that our young drivers are inexperienced . They are not used to having to brake quickly etc.. This is just one more reason why new and old drivers alike cannot tailgate.

The rules of the road are seem pretty simple to me. Keep your distance- it’s a very easy way to save lives and avoid personal injury. If all drivers follow some very simple rules, our Ottawa roads would be a much safer place and hopefully we could help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents.

-David Hollingsworth, Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa working for Ottawa Law Firm Goldberg Stroud LLP

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