Samuel Delk was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Interstate 75 when he hit the rear of another vehicle. Brenda Larkin was driving the other vehicle, a van with attached U-Haul trailer.
According to a witness account via the Calhoun Times, Delk passed another vehicle and clipped the rear of Larkin’s trailer.
The motorcyclist was thrown by the impact into the highway median. Delk was then airlifted for medical treatment, and he has been charged with following too closely, DUI, possession of an open container, improper lane change, and no proof of insurance.
Obviously, there was more than one factor as the Georgia motorcyclist caused the I-75 accident. But, following too closely is a common cause for highway accidents.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines following too closely as “situations in which one vehicle is following another vehicle so closely that even if the driver is attentive to the actions of the vehicle ahead he/she could not avoid a collision in the circumstance when the driver in front brakes suddenly”.
A detailed definition- but the key to this is that the following driver cannot avoid crashing into the vehicle in front.
Following too closely (tailgating) is often cited as a cause for highway pile-ups. It can result in a chain reaction accident- clogging up parts of a highway, involving serious injuries and damages to many people, and costing the city excessive time and money to deal with the crash.
How Can I Avoid Following Too Closely?
Maintaining a safe following distance can be easily calculated. The 3-second rule can help drivers ensure a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Use a fixed object on the highway (sign, tree, overpass). When the vehicle in front passes the fixed object, count slowly from one to three. If you reach the object before three, you are following too closely.
In inclement weather, heavy traffic, etc., double the 3-second rule for added safety.
If you have been involved in a recent accident where the driver was following too closely and caused an accident, you should contact Kalka & Baer. From our contact page, you can find information to call the office or fill out an online form so that you can be heard by a Georgia accident lawyer.