Charleston Tailgating Accident Lawyers
Leaving enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you is a precaution that is provided in most drivers’ manuals. However, many people tend to follow other vehicles too closely which can quickly lead to a tailgating crash.
Tailgating is simply the practice of following the vehicle in front of you at a distance that would not permit you to stop in enough time to avoid a collision. According to the West Virginia Department of Transportation approximately 4.59% of all auto accidents in 2003 were caused by a driver following too closely. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies tailgating as a form of aggressive driving. It is estimated that about 28% of all vehicle crashes in the United States are rear-end collisions and in West Virginia they were the 2nd most commonly reported type of crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tailgating accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Contact the Bell Law Firm today for your free case review by calling 304-345-1700.
Avoiding Tailgating Crashes
Although rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of collisions, they are also preventable if a driver takes the appropriate precautions. It is important that a driver permit a large enough space cushion in order to stop when necessary or in an emergency situation without hitting the vehicle up ahead.
Some ways to avoid tailgating crashes include:
- Follow the three-to-four second rule when following another vehicle. A driver may do this by choosing a fixed object on the road ahead (sign post, tree, etc.); when the vehicle in front of them passes that object, count three to four seconds. If you reach that chosen object before you reach three to four seconds, you are driving too closely.
- The West Virginia Department of Transportation recommends following the four-second rule it is dark or raining.
- If there is snow of ice the WV Department of Transportation recommends allowing six seconds of cushion between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- If a driver is tailgating you, consider taking the following steps:
- Tap your brakes lightly to warn the driver that they are too close.
- Slow down and encourage the vehicle behind you to pass.
- Move over, if possible, to the adjacent lane to permit the driver to pass.
- Avoiding engaging with the tailgater as this could anger them and lead to a road rage incident.
- If necessary, change up your route to work, school, etc. if you believe that a driver is purposely tailgating you.
Although some tailgaters purposely follow others too closely, some drivers are not aware that they are not permitting enough room between their vehicle and the one in front of them. Always be sure that you are allowing enough distance and if a tailgater is behind you, that you know how to handle the situation.
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Tailgating crashes are preventable which is why many drivers are frustrated when they have been involved in a collision with a negligent driver who was following too closely. At The Bell Law Firm we believe that those who have caused another individual harm due to their own carelessness should be held accountable for their actions.
Our auto accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured, including those who are hurt in car accidents. We have the experience and knowledge needed to achieve a successful outcome for you.For more information on how we may be able to help you with your auto accident claim, contact us at 304-345-1700 for a free case evaluation.