3.7-11 Statutory Negligence- Failing to Drive a
Reasonable Distance Apart
Revised to January 1, 2008
The plaintiff has claimed that the
defendant was negligent in not driving a reasonable distance from the
plaintiff's vehicle in violation of Connecticut General Statutes § 14-240.
This statute requires that "[n]o driver of a motor vehicle shall follow
another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having regard
for the speed of such vehicles, the traffic upon and the condition of the
highway and weather conditions."
If the plaintiff proves that the
defendant's vehicle was traveling behind the plaintiff's vehicle in the same
lane of traffic and that the distance between the vehicles was closer than
was reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, then the defendant was
negligent in violation of this section.