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How to Prevent Tailgating Traffic Accidents

Jun 27, 2021

Many drivers have been in a situation in which they want other cars to drive faster. If someone is running late, and the traffic in the fast lane is slower than they’d like, impatience can make it tempting to tailgate. Tailgating is a dangerous behavior that involves following another car too closely, often in an attempt to get the front driver to speed up or change lanes. 

While you cannot stop other drivers from tailgating, you can take some steps to prevent tailgating accidents whenever possible. In the event you are injured because someone was tailgating, contact an Illinois car accident attorney for help. 

Avoiding Tailgating

Rear-end crashes happen regularly for a variety of reasons, including tailgating. Some ways you can avoid tailgating include:

  • Avoid following another car too closely by counting four seconds from when the front vehicle passes a sign or another object, and your car should not pass the object within four seconds.
  • Pay attention to road and weather conditions and if they are poor, leave even more room between your vehicle and others in front of you.
  • If you are planning to drive slower than traffic traditionally drives on a particular highway, make sure you stay to the right and only change into the left lane to pass.
  • If someone is tailgating you, avoid the temptation to speed up. This often does not help and causes you to drive too close to the car in front of you, which could result in a chain-reaction crash if the tailgating driver hits you. 
  • Once you realize you are being tailgated, try to change lanes and allow the driver to pass in a safe manner. 
  • Never respond to a tailgating driver by brake-checking, which involves tapping your brakes to “scare” them into backing off. Too often, brake-checking a tailgating driver will cause them to hit your car, and then, you will likely share some responsibility for the collision. 
  • Do not slow down significantly or otherwise antagonize the tailgating driver. These drivers often have a tendency to be aggressive, and increasing their anger might lead to road rage. 

If you have an aggressive driver tailgating you, always remember to stay calm. 

What to Do After a Rear-End Collision

Sometimes, tailgating will lead to a rear-end crash, and if you suffer injuries or property damages, it is important to know what to do. First, always call 911, especially if the accident happened due to someone tailgating. The police can issue a citation or even make an arrest of drivers who violate the law. This can be used as evidence of liability in your injury claim

Always get the medical attention and treatment you need for your injuries. Once your physical condition is stable, contact a car accident lawyer in Illinois who can advise you of your options.

Speak with an Illinois Car Accident Attorney About a Possible Case

After a tailgating crash – or any type of accident – The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey is ready to help. Contact us online for your free case evaluation. 

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