Information About Tailgating Accidents
One of the most dangerous activities a driver can engage in is tailgating as any minor slip up could turn into a serious accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tailgating is a form of aggressive driving which played a role in at least 13,000 motor vehicle collisions between 1990 and 1997.
Tailgating is defined as the practice of driving too closely to the vehicle in front of you and thus increasing the chance of a collision as not enough space has been provided to stop abruptly. In most states this is a traffic violation and punishable with fines.
In Texas, more than 2,500 motor vehicle crashes were caused by drivers following too closely. Furthermore, 210 car smashes were caused by road rage which is often connected to tailgating incidents. Oklahoma Crash Statistics from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office report that more than 4,200 car accidents in 2011 were caused by reckless driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tailgating accident by a reckless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Causes of Tailgating Accidents
Although tailgating is illegal in most states, many people still tend to not follow the laws of the road and risk being involved in an accident.
Some of the more common reasons why people tailgate include:
- Road Rage - Some drivers will use the tailgating method to intimidate other drivers into moving into another lane or speeding up.
- Distracted Driving - When a driver is checking their cell phone, changing the radio dial, or being distracted by something else they may tailgate inadvertently.
- Negligent Driving - Some drivers are simply unaware of when they're tailgating as they misjudge if they have allowed enough room between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.
It is important for drivers to make sure that they provide enough space to brake abruptly, especially during bad weather conditions. Slick roads, rain, and snow can sometimes cause a car to skid and if a driver is tailgating is it very likely that they will collide with another vehicle.
Avoiding a Tailgating Accident
There are many ways a person can avoid a tailgating accident, including knowing the proper distance they should be keeping.
Tailgating timing rules indicate that most drivers should follow the two-second rule. To use this rule of thumb, drivers should pick a fixed point, once the vehicle in front of them passes that point they should count two seconds and their own vehicle should then pass that fixed point. If you are passing the chosen point before the two seconds you should scale back some to allow enough room. During hazardous weather drivers should use four seconds.
Some drivers may use the ten second rule during extreme weather conditions, however, drivers should use whatever rule they are comfortable with.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident by a reckless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation. Our Tulsa personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping the injured and we can help you and your loved ones fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve.
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