Have you been involved in a Newtown car accident, and was it caused by fact that the driver behind you was following far too closely? If it was, you are not alone. You are but 1 of 7,360 people (on average) that this happens to every year.
Driving too close to the car in front is a form of aggressive driving and is quite dangerous. It means that if the leading car has to brake in an emergency situation, the chances that the car following too closely will not have enough time to react and will likely crash into the back of the vehicle in front – commonly causing whiplash.
Recommended safe braking distances
The Highway Code carries a list of safe braking distances in relation to the speeds that the vehicles are travelling.
- At 20mph – Allow 12 metres or 3 car lengths
- At 30mph – Allow 23 metres or 6 car lengths
- At 40mph – Allow 36 metres or 9 car lengths
- At 50mph – Allow 53 metres or 13 car lengths
- At 60mph – Allow 73 metres or 18 car lengths
- At 70mph – Allow 96 metres or 24 car lengths
The typical stopping distances shown above assume dry road surface conditions. Other variables that can have an impact and affect these safe braking distances include:
- You own reaction time
- The condition of the road surface
- The weather conditions
- The condition of your vehicle
Blame for any accident/injury
Following the car in front too closely can intimidate and distract the driver of the leading vehicle But remember that if you are going to be launching a personal injury claim for compensation, the blame must be attributed to a third party. If you are partly to blame it could (as a result) jeopardise the claim.
What no-win, no-fee* means
The good news is however, that here at Accident Advice Helpline we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. That means that should your Newtown car accident claim prove unsuccessful, you will not have to pay our fee. It’s a very fair system which was brought into play to replace free legal aid which was withdrawn in the year 2000.
Valuing your Newtown car accident injury claim
You can find out in advance of launching your claim, how much compensation you could be awarded, by visiting our website and finding the HOW MUCH calculator. It will give you an estimate of the basic amount of compensation for your category of injury within just 30 seconds.
We operate a helpline open 7 days a week
Making a claim is quite straightforward, but we do operate a free helpline for anyone who has any queries. Our customer support is unrivalled and comes wholly recommended by people’s consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen. To make use of this service simply call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile to start your Newtown car accident claim.
Date Published: 16th June 2014
Author: David Brown