Tailgating is one of the most common manifestations of aggressive driving. It commonly causes rear-ending accidents because drivers do not allow sufficient space to respond to the deceleration of the vehicle in front of them. According to some reports, tailgating causes almost a third of all car accidents in the United States. These accidents can be prevented if drivers are careful not to follow other drivers too closely.
When tailgating causes an accident, the legal fault almost always rests with the tailgater. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or property loss in an accident caused by a motorist who was following too closely behind you, legal action may be appropriate. Contact the dedicated reckless driving lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Common Excuses for Tailgating
Though every driver learns that they should maintain enough distance from the car in front of them, most people will fail to do this as some point. The following are some of the justifications that drivers may offer for their own recklessness:
- Better gas mileage – Sometimes people choose to drive in the “wake” of a larger vehicle, usually a semi truck, in order to meet the least wind resistance possible. While this can conserve gas, the risks of following another vehicle very closely outweigh the benefits of this behavior.
- Hurrying – Some drivers feel so rushed to get somewhere that they fail to adequately account for safety. They follow other cars closely, hoping to cover as much ground as quickly as possible.
- Intimidation – Some drivers tailgate because they want other drivers to get out of their way. This is typical of someone experiencing road rage. They push the limits to scare other drivers into changing lanes.
No matter what excuse someone may give for tailgating, following another vehicle too closely is a needless hazard, and when an accident occurs they should be held accountable.
Do not delay seeking legal counsel if you have been injured in an accident caused by a tailgating motorist. Contact the Madison driver error attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. want by calling 800-242-2874 today. You may be able to recover financial compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other damages associated with the crash.