The world has become fast. Everyone is in a hurry, with little time to complete their tasks. Therefore, it is not a surprise that people try to save time wherever possible, much of what happens on the road. Drivers try driving fast when in a hurry and tailgate other vehicles. This is a dangerous move to make.
Driving too close to cars can result in a severe rear-end accident. If the vehicle in front slows down suddenly, the vehicle at the back may not get enough time to stop and collide with the one at the front. If you have been in a car accident due to tailgating, you deserve compensation. Talk to an attorney and schedule a free initial consultation today.
Why is tailgating dangerous?
While running on the road, cars and trucks may need to come to a halt for various reasons. However, stopping a vehicle does not happen within a second and requires some time. You must slow down your vehicle first for a few seconds, and then it comes to a stop.
There is a three-second rule for drivers’ safety. When the vehicle in front of you passes a stationary object, you must count three seconds before you pass that same object. This ensures that you are at a safe distance from the vehicle.
Anything less than three seconds may give you a reaction time that is too less and dangerous. Heavier and larger vehicles require even more time to come to a halt than passenger car vehicles.
How do you determine liability in a tailgating accident?
Liability in a tailgating accident could fall on either party- the vehicle at the front or the back. To determine liability, it is essential first to understand how the accident happened. For example, if the vehicle at the back was tailgating and the vehicle at the front pressed its brakes suddenly to avoid an obstacle, and that led to an accident, then the vehicle at the back would be responsible.
However, if the driver in front hits their brakes without any reason, or when there are no obstacles on the road, they might do it only to “teach a lesson” to the tailgating driver. If they had hit their brakes out of frustration which led to the accident, the vehicle in front could be liable.
If you were injured in a tailgating accident, you might be able to recover damages for your injuries. Medical damages, lost wages, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life are only some of the benefits you can get. Speak to an attorney today.