Tailgating, also known as following too closely, is a highly dangerous activity that is often practiced by careless or inexperienced motorists. Unfortunately, tailgating is a leading cause of rear-end collisions, because the closer a vehicle is to the one in front, the less time there is to react.
It is against the law to follow a vehicle too closely. While the law does not always specify, most agree that following more than what is reasonably accepted for the area and speed traveled is considered reckless.
When you are injured due to a tailgating driver, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against that driver to recover compensation.
Why Do Drivers Tailgate?
Tailgating is illegal, but that does not stop thousands of people from doing it every day. It is reckless, dangerous, and can create bad habits. Most of the time, drivers tailgate because of:
- Poor visibility
- Being in a hurry
If someone is tailgating you, it is best that you do what you can to get out of his or her way. This could reduce the likelihood that the driver will hit the back of your vehicle. However, sometimes there is no way to move over and allow the driver to pass.
Tailgating can cause serious injuries, especially if the driver is tailgating at high speeds and rear-ends the leading vehicle.
What Injuries Are Common from a Rear-End Collision?
If a driver is tailgating you, you are more likely to suffer from injuries associated with a rear-end collision, which includes:
- Fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Crushed appendages
- Spinal cord injury
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Lacerations or bruising
At high speeds, the injuries from a rear-end accident can be extremely traumatic and even life-threatening. A person who is tailgating another vehicle could push that leading vehicle into a fixed object, too.
The injuries associated with a rear-end accident could be minor or create an astronomical amount in medical costs because of emergency care, hospitalization, surgeries, medical equipment, medications, home care, therapy, rehabilitation, and more.
There is also the cost of missing work to recover from your injuries. You may miss days, weeks, or months. In some instances, a person could be permanently disabled and unable to return to the same job or ever return to work. Therefore, the person who causes such a traumatic injury and financially burdens a family should be held accountable for his or her actions. A personal injury lawyer can help.
Your Options After a Tailgating Driver Injures You
If a tailgating driver injures you, hold him or her accountable. Contact The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. to explore your legal options wiht an experienced injury attorney, and possibly file a lawsuit against that driver and the insurance company.
Clarke will fight aggressively for your right to compensation after an accident, and he will ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Just some of the compensation that you may be entitled to includes:
- Medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Lost future wages
- Future medical costs
To see if you qualify for a settlement, schedule a free consultation online or call his office at 912-200-5292.