Tailgating is recognized as one of the most dangerous actions a driver can take on our Illinois roadways. It is essentially defined as an automobile following another automobile too closely, thus reducing reaction time and causing many accidents. In some cases, drivers may not even realize that they were indeed tailgating until it is too late.
Throughout the state of Illinois and across the nation, tailgating is becoming a huge problem for many motorists, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stating that almost one-third of all rear-end collisions in the United States are caused by following too closely, or tailgating.
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Causes of Tailgating
In nearly all instances, tailgating is caused by aggressive driving or road rage. It is often a product of individuals not taking the time to get to their destination, thus these individuals may feel as though tailgating may help them arrive at their destination sooner.
Some of the top causes of tailgating include:
- Aggressive Driving
- Careless Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Negligent Driving
- Road Rage
- Speeding to Destination
Unfortunately, tailgating only increases a driver’s chance of becoming involved in an accident and injuring themselves and others in the area. In fact, some statistics have shown that tailgating accounts for many of the 6.8 million traffic collisions that occur throughout America each year.
Avoiding Tailgating Collisions
As most drivers are aware of the repercussions of tailgating, some individuals fail to recognize these dangers and continue to operate their vehicles in a negligent manner, oftentimes resulting in tailgating collisions. As a result, drivers across Illinois must increase our attentiveness and practice defensive driving habits to protect ourselves from these negligent individuals.
Some ways of avoiding tailgating collisions include:
- Abide by all traffic laws
- Drive in the right lane, pass in the left
- Driving the speed limit
- Follow ten feet for every ten miles per hour
- Follow twenty feet for every ten miles per hour in adverse weather
- Pay attention at all times
- Practice defensive driving habits
Our car accident lawyers advise that drivers who are being followed too closely avoid applying the brakes quickly, altering speeds, flashing lights, or doing any actions to aggravate these already negligent individuals. These actions could further provoke the driver and lead to further injuries.
Injuries Resulting from Tailgating Accidents
Injuries resulting from tailgating accidents typically vary in severity. Of course, as with most accidents, the speed of the travel and type of collision will typically determine the severity of injuries sustained. Furthermore, whiplash injuries are very common in tailgating accidents as a result of being struck at a great force from behind.
Some common injuries resulting from tailgating include:
- Airbag injuries
- Facial injuries
- Head injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you are suffering from injuries following an accident caused by a tailgating driver, our lawyers recommend seeking immediate medical attention. This will not only assure all of your injuries have been properly cared for, but these medical documents can also be used by our lawyers to help prove these negligent drivers' actions did exist.
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