Are Tailgating Accidents Common in Louisiana?

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It may seem like whenever you’re in a rush to get somewhere, you get stuck behind a driver going under the speed limit. Though this can be incredibly frustrating, it’s important to stay calm. Unfortunately, many drivers do not exercise patience, instead choosing to get dangerously close to the vehicle in front of them. Commonly referred to as tailgating, this is an extremely dangerous form of aggressive driving that can lead to collisions. If you’ve been injured in this kind of accident, the following blog explores what you should know about these matters and how a Monroe, Louisiana car accident lawyer can fight for the funds you are entitled to.

What Is Tailgating?

Tailgating is a dangerous activity in which a driver follows the car in front of them at an unsafe distance. This is generally done for a number of reasons, from driver inexperience to road rage.

When a driver is inexperienced they do not have the familiarity with their vehicle that experienced drivers have. For example, they may not be able to judge the length of the front of their car, leading them to be too close to other drivers. Additionally, they may not know the importance of maintaining a safe following distance. Generally, you’ll find that younger drivers do not always adhere to the “three-car length rule.”

Another common reason that drivers tailgate is out of anger. If they deem the car in front of them is driving too slowly, they may get as close as possible as a means of bullying and intimidating them to drive faster or switch lanes. Additionally, drivers may tailgate as a means of preventing another driver from merging into their lane.

Tailgating is dangerous, as it often leads to rear-end collisions. When a driver does not maintain a safe following distance with the vehicle ahead of them, and that vehicle breaks, the following driver may not have time to stop before colliding with the other car. Similarly, drivers who are being tailgated may begin to panic and may drive faster or make unsafe lane changes to avoid the other driver.

Am I Entitled to Compensation?

If you are injured by a driver who is tailgating you, understanding your legal rights is critical. Generally, in instances where you are struck from behind, the driver at the back of the collision is liable for the damages. This is because it is ultimately their responsibility to maintain a safe following distance to the vehicle in front of them. However, if it is determined you “brake-checked” the vehicle, or slammed on your brakes for no apparent reason, you may also face liability for the collision.

If the other driver is deemed negligent they can be held liable for your damages. These include economic damages, like medical bills and property damage, as well as non-economic damages, which refer to any emotional damages you may have endured because of the collision.

Fighting for the compensation you are entitled to after a collision can be incredibly difficult. As such, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney who can help you fight for justice. At Breithaupt, DuBos, & Wolleson, LLC, we understand the devastation being involved in a car accident can cause, which is why our team is dedicated to helping you. Connect with us today to learn more about these matters.

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