Rear-end accidents caused by drivers following too closely and are one of the most common types of accidents. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were over 2 million rear end collisions in 2015, approximately 2200 of which were fatal accidents. It is not uncommon that rear-end accidents are caused by a some combination of other reckless acts in addition to simply following too closely. It is important that your car accident lawyer investigates other possible causes of the wreck beyond simply accepting that the at-fault driver was following too closely. If it is discovered that the at-fault driver was following too closely and caused the accident as a result of texting while driving, that may add some very real value to your case.
Georgia law describing what is following too closely states:
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
(b) The driver of any motor vehicle which is drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residential district and which is following another motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger, except that this shall not prevent a motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from overtaking and passing any like vehicle or other vehicle.
(c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residential district in a caravan or motorcade whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This subsection shall not apply to funeral processions, parades, or other groups of vehicles if such groups of vehicles are under the supervision and control of a law enforcement agency.
(d) Vehicles which approach from the rear any other vehicle or vehicles stopped or slowed to make a lawful turn shall be deemed to be following for purposes of this Code section. (e) This Code section shall not apply to the operator of any non-leading vehicle traveling in a coordinated platoon. For purposes of this subsection, the term “coordinated platoon” means a group of motor vehicles traveling in the same lane utilizing vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology to automatically coordinate the movement of such vehicles.
O.C.G.A. § 40-6-49.
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