Reasons Tailgating is DangerousTN Legal News
Speeding caused 9,717 deaths in 2017 alone. Speeding is part of what makes tailgating so dangerous. Not all tailgating involves speeding, but a fair amount does and this can lead to accidents because of how little space is left between each car for braking. If the car in front needs to stop suddenly at an unexpected red light, the tailgating car will probably not have enough space to fully stop. Many rear-end car accidents have occurred as a result. Consider hiring a Tennessee auto accident lawyer if you suffered injuries from this type of accident.
Negative Consequences of Tailgating
Tailgating leaves hardly any space between one car and another. This is why drivers are generally taught in driver’s education to leave a certain amount of space between your car and the car in front of you, depending on the speed limit. Not everyone follows this rule of thumb.
The people who tend to tailgate are those who are late to a meeting, feeling provoked by other drivers on the road, affected by mental health-related issues, and or are careless for others around them. Some people tailgate because they have anger management problems and respond aggressively when they experience road rage.
Consequences of tailgating and aggressive driving can be severe. Rear-end accidents have been known to cause serious cases of whiplash, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Spinal cord injuries that are severe can lead to lifelong disabilities that involve a loss of sensation or movement. The same effects can occur from moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injuries. Whiplash may not be as severe, but some people develop chronic whiplash pain, which can become a major impairment over time.
How You Can Avoid Tailgaters
To avoid any potential negative consequences of tailgating, there are a few things you can do if you encounter someone who tailgates you. It helps to know the types of tailgaters first.
There are tailgaters who do not think in advance and almost act on instinct and emotion. If they feel like tailgating someone, they will do so without considering the consequences. Ignorant tailgaters are unaware of how dangerous tailgating can be. However, not everyone is like this. Some people who tailgate know the risks, but either feel confident enough to continue tailgating or allow their aggression to control their actions.
If there are two lanes, you will have an easier time avoiding tailgaters because you can pull over to the other lane to let them pass you. Then, you can swerve back into your original lane. One lane roads make this more challenging, but not impossible. If there is a shoulder or any place to pull off to the side, you can slow down and put your blinker on. Pull over slowly and wait for them to pass. Most of them will without hesitation.
Tennessee Auto Accident Attorney
If you experienced personal injuries from a tailgating accident, let us help you! No one should have to pay for someone else’s poor decisions. Call Griffin & Davis, LLC at 931-837-2050 or 865-354-3333 to speak with a Tennessee car accident lawyer. We are located in Sparta, Kingston, Crossville, Cookeville, and the surrounding areas, with law offices in each.