The National Highway Safety Administration has stated that tailgating is one of the most dangerous driving actions a person can take. Tailgating simply means one motorist is following too closely to another. This type driving behavior significantly decreases reaction time resulting in one-third of all rear-end collisions. Often times a motorist may not be aware that they are following the car in front of them too closely until it is too late. However by understanding the dangers involved and paying attention to our surrounding we can greatly reduce our chances of being involved in this type of accident.
Tailgating on the roads of North Carolina can create serious issues if the person in front of you needs to abruptly stop. Generally, those involved in tailgating accidents are not able to brake in time before crashing into the car in front of them. An easy trick to avoid these types of accidents from occurring is to follow the car in front of you no closer than ten feet per ten miles per hour.
Known as one of the top causes of all automobile collisions, tailgating accidents are a growing concern in the state of North Carolina. At Lewis & Keller we have seen a countless number of severe automobile injuries following an accident where one car was tailgating another. If you or a loved one has been involved in a tailgating accident, our North Carolina tailgating accident attorneys are here for you.
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It is estimated that nearly 6.8 million automobile accidents occur in the United States every year, and a significant amount of these accidents are due to some form of aggressive driving. Aggressive driving almost always leads to tailgating another vehicle. Many tailgating drivers exhibit dangerous driving habits like sudden lane changes, speeding, and disobeying the rules of the road. Some common causes of tailgating accidents in North Carolina can be attributed to:
- Road rage (displaying aggression towards another driver)
- Ignorant driving (unaware of how close they are following)
- Impatient driving (trying to get around the car in front of them)
Keeping in mind that drivers that choose to tailgate are considered to be reckless or careless and should be dealt with in a specific manner. Do not attempt teach these drivers a lesson by slamming on the breaks, reducing speeds, or flashing your break lights, as this may further aggravate the already aggressive driver.
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How to Avoid a Tailgating Crash
Many drivers in the area choose to tailgate regardless of the actions of surrounding motorists. In many cases these people are aggressively attempting to reach a destination as quickly as possible, with no regard for their life or the lives of the individuals around them. Consequently, drivers in North Carolina must take every percussion possible to avoid a tailgating accident. The following include a few of the most beneficial tips to avoid an accident due to tailgating:
- Maintaining the speed limit
- Leave appropriate space between you are the vehicle in front of you
- Drive in the right lane; use the left lane for passing
- Keep in mind stopping times for motorcycles and larger vehicles
- Double following distances during bad weather conditions
Again, the most common mistake many North Carolina drivers make is trying to teach a tailgating vehicle a lesson by slamming on their breaks, altering speeds and flashing your break lights. This is an extremely dangerous activity and can lead to serious accidents by further outraging an already aggressive driver.
Lewis & Keller has been involved in countless auto accident lawsuits involving tailgating. We understand the stress and pressure associated with any type of automobile accident. As a result, we work relentlessly to study every aspect of your case allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Common Tailgating Injuries
In most instances the injuries sustained from a tailgating accident in North Carolina depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. This includes the number of automobiles involved and the speeds at which cars were traveling at the point of impact.
The most common injuries associated with tailgating include:
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Seat Belt Injuries
- Rib and Torso Injuries
- Broken Glass Injuries
Often times the symptoms of more severe injuries may take days to appear, so it is best to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. At this time it is also recommended to speak with an experienced tailgating injury attorney to help you explore your legal options.
Contact an Experienced North Carolina Tailgating Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina tailgating accident that was not your fault, it is important to choose an experienced lawyer to handle your case. Our primary goal is to take the worry out of your injury compensation litigation away and allow you to focus on your personal recovery.
We pride ourselves in having a team of reputable, honest, and experienced attorneys to fight for you so you can receive the fair personal injury settlement you deserve.
With offices located in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, the tailgating accident team here at Lewis & Keller have the tradition of excellence. Our lawyers have achieved over $10 million in successful verdicts and settlements for their clients, and are here to win justice for you.
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