Are you following the three second rule when driving?
As San Diego personal injury lawyers, we believe the three second rule can prevent rear-end accidents. In addition to being distraction-free and sober, the three second rule gives you enough time to react in the event of an emergency.
The three second rule means following the vehicle ahead with at least three seconds of distance to ensure you can adequately react in sudden-stop traffic.
We are reminding San Diegans to stay safe and proactive in light of a recent pileup accident that occurred on Interstate 15 near Route 56 after several vehicles collided into one another. According to the San Diego Union Tribune (3/27/2015), four people were treated for injuries as a result of this multi-car car crash. One of these individuals was treated for major trauma, officials said.
Investigators believe up to six vehicles may have been involved in the accident. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), two vehicles were rolled over as a result of the collision. Multiple injuries were reported.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident. It is not known if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.
THE THREE SECOND RULE
There are multiple ways we can stay safe when we head out on the road. First, we all know that we absolutely must be distraction-free! That means no cell phones, makeup, food or technology when we’re behind the wheel. Second, it’s imperative that we drive responsibly – and that means being sober.
The three second rule is another great way to stay proactive on the road and prevent the next pileup accident. Here’s how it’s done.
LOCATE A STATIONARY OBJECT AHEAD
Pick a stationary object such as a bridge or light post ahead of you and the car ahead.
WAIT UNTIL THE VEHICLE AHEAD PASSES
As the vehicle ahead of you passes the stationary object, you begin your count.
COUNT TO THREE
By the time you pass the same stationary object, you should be at a count of three or more. If you have counted to at least three, you are in a safe following zone. If not, you should allow more distance between you and the vehicle ahead to allow for more reaction time should you need it in the event of an emergency.
WHEN TO MAKE FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS
In some cases, you’ll want to make further adjustment to the three second rule. In inclement weather such as rain, ice or snow, allow for more time – and therefore more distance – when following the vehicle ahead. Consider doubling your count to at least six to ensure you have adequate time to respond AND to make up for any additional slipping that may occur in the event of sudden stopping.
REAR-END CAR ACCIDENTS: WHEN TO CALL FOR LEGAL HELP
If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident, you may need to hire a lawyer. Hiring a lawyer is a good idea if you have been injured in any way. Call us 24/7 and speak to an attorney who can advise you of your full legal rights: 1-858-551-2090. Don’t sign or accept an offer on behalf of your insurance company until you speak to us first. Call now. The consultation is FREE.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much 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. Learn more about Michael Pines