One of the biggest causes of Abercarn road traffic accidents in which people get injured, is something that our American cousins refer to as “tailgating.” Tailgating refers to the practice of driving too close to the tail or rear bumper of the car in front. It’s something which not only causes injury to the driver and passengers in the car up front, but to those in the car behind as well.
Safe braking distances
Keeping a safe distance is something that the Highway Code holds great store by. When observed correctly, maintaining a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you allows sufficient time to brake if the vehicle in front brakes suddenly or comes to an emergency stop.
These safe braking distances, as published in the Highway Code are:
- At 20mph – Allow for a distance of 12 metres or 3 car lengths
- At 30mph – Allow for a distance of 23 metres or 6 car lengths
- At 40mph – Allow for a distance of 36 metres or 9 car lengths
- At 50mph – Allow for a distance of 53 metres or 13 car lengths
- At 60mph – Allow for a distance of 73 metres or 18 car lengths
- At 70mph – Allow for a distance of 96 metres or 24 car lengths
Other factors to take into consideration
It must also be kept in mind that the distances recommended in the above listing are the distances deemed to be safe in good, dry, driving conditions. If the conditions are wet, or there is snow, ice, or fog about, then they must be significantly reduced. There are other circumstances too that can impact on the correct safe braking distance, and these include the condition of your car and the speed of your own reflexes.
Most Abercarn road traffic accidents are caused through driver error, and tailgating is one of the most stupid errors; especially when you consider that it is something drivers can and should easily address.
Valuing injuries sustained in Abercarn road traffic accidents
When potential claimants of Abercarn road traffic accidents want to find out how much their injuries could be worth in terms of financial compensation, they can visit the Accident Advice Helpline website and use the HOW MUCH calculator that they’ll find there. All they have to do is to answer 4 simple questions regarding this injury and within 30 seconds they’ll be given their free estimate.
Help when you need it from Accident Advice Helpline
If there are any contentious issues surrounding Abercarn road traffic accidents, why not use our free helpline and discuss the issues with a member of our customer support team? It’s what they are there for, and you can access them from any landline by calling 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile call 0333 500 0993. We even work on a no-win, no-fee basis, so why not call today?