A transportation study conducted in 2014 shows that one third of all automobile accidents are due to tailgating, a typically purposeful act intended to make the driver in front speed up.
Tailgating occurs when a driver follows another automobile too closely, not leaving enough room to make a sudden stop if necessary. The uncomfortable and potentially dangerous distance between the cars motivates the driver in front to increase speed to regain additional space.
The intentional quality of tailgating makes these research findings especially troublesome, because it occurs with experienced drivers, not just inexperienced drivers.
Tailgating is typically deliberate. A driver may tailgate for several reasons, including:
In good driving conditions, drivers should stay a minimum of three seconds behind any vehicles in front of them. When the weather conditions are bad, after dark, or while following a heavy truck, drivers should maintain an even greater distance from other vehicles to help prevent tailgating accidents.
Follow these tips to avoid tailgating:
If you are being tailgated, it is important to remain calm. Slowing down or retaliating in another way can put you at danger. When possible, simply move over and allow the tailgater to pass you.
If you or someone you love is injured in a car wreck caused by a driver who was following too closely, contact an experienced auto accident injury lawyer in Sacramento at the Arnold Law Firm. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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