Driver impatience and aggression is an issue that causes more auto accidents than most people realize. When a motorist follows the vehicle in front of him or her too closely, it not only puts pressure on the driver in front, but it physically closes the gap between the two cars, resulting in minimal reaction time if the lead car needs to stop abruptly.
Tailgating is a term that describes an aggressive driving behavior that many motorists perform on a daily basis. South Carolina drivers put themselves and their fellow motorists at risk of serious injury and property damage when they tailgate other cars.
Rear-end collisions can result from tailgating, and the injuries these crashes cause can be surprisingly severe or life threatening. In some cases, wrongful death may result. The victims of these crashes endure physical pain and emotional anguish, which is why the lawyers of Harbin & Burnett fight for justice on behalf of their clients.
We understand how frustrating and difficult the aftermath of a tailgating accident can be, and we provide car accident victims with the peace of mind of knowing that their case will be handled with compassion and competence. We will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to the victims of auto accident injury.
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Why Do Some Drivers Tailgate?
Aggressive driving can be the result of circumstance or simply a bad habit. Some drivers aren't aware that they are creeping up on the vehicle in front of them, but regardless it still pressures the other driver and creates an unsafe situation. Other drivers follow too closely to purposely pressure the driver in front to speed up, which is never a good idea.
Some of the top reasons motorists tailgate are:
- Alcohol or drug use
- Ignorance of road etiquette
- Traffic congestion
- and many other reasons.
Tailgating can be a warning sign of other risky behaviors that a drivers may perform, so paying close attention to their actions can help you stay safe. Driving defensively is always the best way to prevent an accident.
Avoid Tailgating Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites tailgating as one of the most dangerous activities a driver can perform behind the wheel. In order for other motorists to stay safe, it is important to remember the following tips:
- Follow posted speed limits
- Always signal your intentions
- Slow before stopping
- Increase following distance behind motorcycles and trucks
- Use left lane for passing only
- Increase following distance in inclement weather
When being followed by an aggressive driver it can be tempting to tap the breaks as a warning that they are too close for comfort, but avoid this behavior. It only creates a deeper power struggle between you and the aggressive driver, and in the end no one will win if an accident happens.
A good rule of thumb is to add 10 feet of distance between cars for every 10 mph you are traveling. In a 45 mph zone, for instance, there should be at least 45 feet between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
In the event a tailgating accident does take place, seek medical attention if necessary. Some injuries like internal wounds or head trauma can take days to show symptoms, so a thorough checkup from a physician is recommended.
Contact our experienced car accident law firm to explore your legal options. Aggressive driving is a form of negligent behavior, and if it caused your injury that driver could be liable for the damages you may be entitled to from the accident.
Call Our South Carolina Auto Collision Attorneys for Help
Our attorneys at Harbin & Burnett understand that being involved in an auto accident can bring many emotions and cause an enormous amount of pain to the victim and their family. Our team will work tirelessly to seek the MAXIMUM amount of compensation benefits for each of our clients and help them achieve the justice they deserve.
With our office located in Anderson, South Carolina, we are able to serve throughout the entire state and elsewhere.
A few of the areas our attorneys serve include:
- Travelers Rest
If you would like to obtain more information about our law firm, we encourage you to call us at (888)821-0247 today. Here a member of our team will collect necessary information about your case and connect you with an attorney ready to handle your specific case.
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