Tailgating Increases the Risk of Rear End Auto Accidents By Steve Charpentier on July 16, 2017

A rear end auto accidentAuto accidents happen everyday for different reasons. When a crash or collision affects you or someone you care about, it's important that you seek legal help from experts in injury law. That's where our Melbourne law firm can help. Our attorneys have years of experience with auto accidents and car crash lawsuits, and we can help you hold negligent drivers accountable for causing a collision.

Tailgating is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. Let's take a moment to cover the basics and discuss safety tips and your legal options following a tailgating crash.

About Tailgating

Tailgating refers to driving too closely behind another vehicle. This could mean driving extremely close to a car's rear bumper. When a person tailgates, they leave too little room for safe braking, slowing down, and stopping. This results in a higher risk of rear end collisions, which can lead to multi-car crashes should a driver swerve or shift lanes abruptly to avoid a collision ahead.

The dangers of tailgating are increased when traveling at high speeds, such as on highways, since the tailing driver will not have enough room to brake and stop in time. Tailgating at high speeds can lead to fatal injuries and collisions.

Statistics on Tailgating Auto Accidents

The numbers paint a grim picture when it comes to tailgating collisions and accidents. It's been estimated that up to one-third of all collisions are the result of tailgating. The reasons for that involve normal human reaction time.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials estimates that drivers need approximately 2.5 seconds to properly react to something ahead of them on the road. This means noticing something ahead as a hazard and then hitting the brakes and the car slowing down. If someone follows too closely behind a vehicle, the window to react is much shorter than the already quick 2.5 seconds.

The Dangers of Rear End Auto Accidents

Rear end auto accidents can lead to serious injuries to drivers and passengers. In addition to causing the usual laceration, contusions, organ damage, and potential fractures associated with other collisions, rear end auto accidents can also lead to an increased risk of neck injuries. Whiplash in particular is a major hazard of rear end collisions, leading to serious neck and spine problems if not properly addressed.

The Ideal Distance to Maintain Between Vehicles

There's a common rule when it comes to safe distance between vehicles on the road. For every 10 miles per hour of speed, there should be roughly 10 feet of distance between vehicles. When traveling at 35 miles per hour, roughly 30-35 feet should be maintained between vehicles. When traveling 65 miles per hour, roughly 60-65 feet is ideal. This gives drivers ample room to slow down, even when they have to make an immediate stop.

Holding Negligent Motorists Accountable

If a reckless driver caused a collision, it's important that you seek legal action. During a lawsuit, damages can be sought to hold the negligent driver accountable, seeking damages for vehicle damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and other hardships related to the collision. A lawyer can offer peace of mind as you and your loved ones move forward.

Learn More About Our Personal Injury Law Firm

For more information about your legal rights and options following a serious auto collision, be sure to contact our team of injury accident attorneys today. Our team of lawyers will help you in your time of legal needs.

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