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The city of San Diego is no stranger to pile-up accidents. In fact, every few months, it seems we hear about traffic jams and consequent accidents due to following too closely. This time, unfortunately, Philadelphians made headlines for a massive car accident pile-up involving up to 100 cars according to some media reports although local police have reported a much smaller number.

The accident occurred just north of Philadelphia during prime morning rush hour, 8:25 a.m., according to FOX 5 San Diego.  Officials also noted that several accidents involving fewer vehicles took place just steps away from the larger pile-up.

Traffic clogged the interstate for miles and it took hours to clear the roadways.

Fortunately, no deaths were reported although three individuals sustained minor personal injuries.

While media reports say that up to 100 vehicles were involved in the accident, police officials say the actual number may be closer in to 15 – a wildly different number, and fortunately, a lot fewer accidents to boot.

Officials say that freezing rain is to blame. It goes without saying that any type of moisture – much less frozen, slippery liquid – can cause massive problems for commuters when the three second (or more) rule is not followed.


When it comes to safe, predictable driving, the 3-second rule is essential. The 3-second rule means following the vehicle ahead by at least 3 seconds. It’s important to note that drivers should increase time when adverse conditions are present.

Know the 3-Second Rule

Prevent a future San Diego accident by following the 3-second rule. Here’s how.

1) Locate a stationary object such as an overpass, light-post or tree.

2) As the vehicle ahead passes the object, count to three seconds.

3) Before you pass the same stationary object, you should just be reaching the number three in your count.

Drivers should adjust the time allotted between vehicles in the presence of poor weather conditions such as fog, marine layer, rain and ice.

So just why is the 3-second rule so important? To answer in short, it simply allows for more time to react to a sudden stop, swerve or other emergency situation.

The truth is that an accident is stressful and can lead to missed work, medical bills and a lifetime of permanent injury. The 3-second rule can help you gain a little more control on the road—and when it comes to stress-free, safe driving, who can’t appreciate that?

When you head out of work today and begin your drive home, don’t forget, San Diego – follow the 3-second rule!


If you have been injured in a rear-end car accident and suspect it was the other person’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Right now, it’s important to speak to a personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are preserved. The consultation is completely FREE; give us a call at 1-800-655-6585 and speak to a San Diego lawyer about your car accident now.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

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