Tailgating is among the most dangerous activities that a motorist can exhibit on the road today, according to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Simply put, tailgating is the action of traveling too closely behind a vehicle. Approximately one-third of all rear-end collisions are a direct result of tailgating. When one vehicle is traveling very closely behind another, the ability to react quickly to changes in traffic or any abrupt situation becomes increasingly difficult. Even worse, many drivers are not even aware that they are tailgating until the time is too late.
In the state of Connecticut, far too many motorists take the action of tailgating lightly. However, some of the most severe motor vehicle collisions occur when one automobile is too close to another and the leading vehicle must stop abruptly. Regardless of driving skills or experience, when two vehicles are close together it is often impossible to avoid a crash from a sudden stop or any sudden action for that manner. Fortunately, however, these types of traffic accidents are completely preventable.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has seen firsthand the effects of tailgating. Many common driving actions require quick reactions. Whether a vehicle must hit the brake abruptly, change lanes or even make a sudden turn, following too closely behind another car creates a potentially disastrous situation. Our Hartford accident injury attorneys believe that when a tailgating vehicle causes a crash, the driver of this automobile must be held liable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tailgating crash, our New Haven personal injury lawyers are here to help.
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Causes of Tailgating
Approximately 6.8 million traffic accidents take place each and every year in the United States, many of which are initiated by some form of reckless or careless driving. Tailgating is one of the most typical traits of an aggressive driver. With a general disregard for the rules of the road, an aggressive driver often tailgates to taunt the vehicle in front of them and force them to take a certain action such as changing lanes or increasing speeds.
Some of the most common causes of tailgating today are as follows:
- Distracted driving (the operator of the vehicle is unaware of their following distance)
- Road rage (tailgating driver is actively following closely to the vehicle in front of them)
- Impatient driving (reckless driver is attempting to get around the vehicle that they are tailgating)
All Connecticut drivers must be aware of these traits while operating a vehicle on the roads and highways throughout the state. It is important for all Connecticut motorists to understand that it is never their job to “teach a lesson” to the tailgater. Avoid tapping brakes, reducing speed or any other type of taunting action. As soon as it is safe to do so, change lanes to allow the reckless driver to pass.
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Avoiding a Tailgate Accident
Connecticut drivers choose to tailgate for a wide range of reasons. Regardless of the specific “justification” for tailgating, it is important to avoid being involved in a road rage battle at all costs. Those who tailgate often care most about arriving at a destination on time, regardless of how dangerous their driving habits may be. Therefore, it is important for all Connecticut motorists to take every precaution possible to avoid a collision.
The following are some valuable tips for avoiding a tailgating crash:
- Always leave an adequate amount of space in between your car and vehicle in front of you
- Keep speeds at the posted limit
- Remain in the right lane, only use the left lane for passing
- When adverse weather is present, increase following distance
- Adjust traveling distance to account for motorcycles and large trucks/commercial vehicles
To reiterate, attempting to teach a reckless driver a lesson most often leads to a crash. Therefore, it is important for all drivers to avoid tailgaters as soon as it is safe to do so. Tailgating accidents most often cause a rear-end collision.
Some vehicle collisions are impossible to avoid, however, being aware of the most common causes and the common actions of a tailgating vehicle will help to reduce the accident rate significantly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tailgating collision, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses in which you have suffered.
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Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers takes great pride in its role in the Connecticut community. With decades of legal experience, our personal injury law firm has built a strong reputation throughout the state. Known for sharing a deep compassion for people, a vast knowledge of the law and an aggressive pursuit of justice for all, our Hartford tailgating attorneys know what it takes to win.
Combining the skill sets and litigation talents of our team of experienced lawyers, we have been able to recover MILLIONS of dollars in past verdicts and settlements. If you have suffered in a crash due to another driver’s reckless behavior, you deserve compensation.
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