Tailgating involves following too closely behind another vehicle, a dangerous behavior because it significantly increases the risk of a motor vehicle collision. It is considered a form of aggressive driving by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Unfortunately, drivers engage in this behavior every day and they should be held accountable when they cause a crash. An experienced attorney at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene should be consulted to help victims or those whose loved ones are killed in accidents by aggressive drivers. Our attorneys have represented more than 32,000 injury victims and we are ready to help you prove that a tailgating driver should be liable for losses.
Drivers must maintain a reasonable following distance at all times when on the roads. Unfortunately, many motorists are failing to do this. In fact, Safe Motorist reports that:
When these drivers get too close to the vehicle in front of them, they will be unable to react if the lead driver swerves or stops. The tailgating driver can strike the car in front any time something goes wrong. This can cause serious injuries and sometimes lead to a chain-reaction crash where multiple vehicles collide.
The amount of space to leave between your vehicle and the car in front can vary depending on weather, your speed, and road conditions. In general, the “3-second” rule applies. This rule says that when the motorist in front of you passes a fixed point, at least 3 seconds should pass before you cross that same point. However, if weather conditions are bad and visibility is reduced, then it’s advisable to allow 6 seconds to pass.
The driver in the rear is responsible for maintaining this safe distance. If a motorist fails to do so, this can be considered negligence or carelessness, which makes the operator legally liable for causing a collision. Drivers who rear-end other vehicles are presumed to have been negligent and are presumed responsible for any resulting accident. This means victims should be able to recover compensation after a tailgating car crash simply by proving the collision was the result of the rear driver following too closely.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has extensive experience representing clients after a crash. Our attorneys can help you prove that the other driver’s negligent actions in following too closely were the direct cause of a collision. With expert testimony, eyewitness observations, police reports and other evidence, we can help you put together a strong case. Our attorneys will represent you both in presenting evidence and negotiating a settlement with an insurer and in proving a tailgating accident claim in court. Call today to schedule a free consultation.