COVID-19 kept many people off of the roads this summer, but this doesn’t change the fact that August is historically a disaster when it comes to car accidents. As we come off of summer, we’d like to reexamine what goes wrong in August so we can be safer when next August rolls around. We polled a panel of personal injury attorneys who have an up-close perspective on the often devastating effects of these accidents. Here’s what they had to say.
Jeffrey Nadrich is the managing partner of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, a California personal injury law firm with offices in Los Angeles, SanFrancisco, Modesto, Fresno, Palm Desert, and Tracy.
Use the “3-second rule”
Insurance companies nationwide identified hard braking as one of the primary causes of auto accidents when they named August the most dangerous driving month in 2018.
You can prevent accidents caused by hard braking by keeping an adequate distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you enough time to stop if the vehicle in front of you brakes hard, preventing you from rear-ending the vehicle in front of you. This may also prevent you from being rear-ended by enabling you to slow down more gradually or steer around the vehicle in front of you instead of braking hard when the vehicle in front of you slows down or stops.
Use the “3-second rule” to prevent accidents by avoiding tailgating. You are following a vehicle too closely if it takes you less than three seconds to pass the same point the vehicle in front of you just passed.
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