Cape Coral Car Accident FAQ: Is Tailgating Illegal?

by Carmen Dellutri on February 4, 2013

Cape Coral accident attorneyTailgating—or following another vehicle too closely—is one of the most common causes of rear-end car crashes. However, many drivers are unaware that it is illegal in Florida. In the case of a Cape Coral car accident, it can also serve as grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Florida’s statute does not specify the proper distance between vehicles; rather, it states that "the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway."

Therefore, it is up to drivers to determine the appropriate distance, which may change depending on the weather and other road conditions. While police are authorized to ticket drivers who are two seconds or less behind the car in front of them, wet and rainy conditions will likely call for a larger gap.

The bottom line is that drivers often need to slow down in order to leave sufficient room to stop safely. Impatience and frustration often lead to tailgating, so it is important to always leave enough time to reach your location and keep aggressive driving in check.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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