Unfortunately, when one accident occurs on a freeway, it is common to see a second accident due to the sudden slowing of traffic as a result of the original accident. This reality was experienced by travelers through Victorville on Interstate 15 on July 15, 2015. The California Highway Patrol reported two accidents in the late afternoon near Stoddard Wells Road. The first accident occurred between a semi-truck and a motor home towing a motor boat.
While the first accident was under investigation, a second accident happened in the stopped traffic not far from the first. Tow trucks were summoned to move some of the vehicles from the accident scene.
Keeping a safe distance between vehicles allows the driver of the rear vehicle to have sufficient time to adjust to sudden traffic changes. A recommended distance between traveling vehicles is approximately one vehicle length or fifteen feet for each ten miles per hour. In other words, when vehicles are traveling at 60 mph, there should be a distance of at least 120 feet (40 yards) between the front of the trailing vehicle and the rear of the lead vehicle.
Distances can close very fast when vehicles come to a sudden stop and there is insufficient distance, or the driver is inattentive to the changed conditions ahead. The Inland Empire Law Group wants you safe on the road. By implementing this rule and driving defensively increases the opportunity for you to arrive to your destination safely. However, even the safest driver can be the victim of a careless or drunk driver. If an accident happens, and you are the victim of the wrongful act of another, call an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you recover from your accident and get the compensation you deserve. The Inland Empire Law Group is an excellent choice in attorneys for your personal injury claim. Call 909-481-0100, or toll free at 888-MY-IELAW, for a complimentary case evaluation.