While many may think of tailgating as a fun activity sports fans engage in before games, it can also be a dangerous form of aggressive driving. Unfortunately, many are injured each year as a result of this practice, with some accidents proving fatal. Learning what tailgating is and how to avoid it is crucial to staying safe while on the road. If you’re hurt because of an aggressive driver, you’ll also want to learn how a Monroe, Louisiana car accident lawyer can help you fight for the justice you deserve after a tailgating accident.
What Is Tailgating?
Also referred to as “riding a bumper” or following too closely, tailgating is a form of aggressive driving in which someone will follow the driver in front of them at a dangerously close distance. Tailgating is done in an attempt to intimidate and bully the car into speeding up or switching lanes.
Tailgating can lead to accidents in several ways. If the driver in front needs to brake quickly to avoid a hazard, the driver behind will not have enough time to stop their own vehicle. Similarly, the driver in front may feel nervous due to the close distance and attempt to switch lanes. However, if they’re trying to avoid the car behind them, they may not check before moving lanes in an attempt to get away from the aggressive driver. This can lead to an accident.
How Can I Avoid an Accident?
If you are being followed by an aggressive driver, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury. If on a highway, you should signal that you intend to switch lanes and safely move over to let the other car pass. However, if you are on a single-lane road, you may not have this option. Remain calm, and focus on the road ahead. If possible, pull over into a well-lit parking lot to let the driver pass. Do not tap your breaks to “brake-check” the driver, as this could lead to an accident or make them angrier.
It can be frustrating to drive behind someone traveling less than the speed limit. However, driving too close to them increases the risk of an accident. If it’s safe, you may choose to pass them when on a highway. If you are on a single-lane road, you must wait until they turn off the street. To tell if you have enough space, you can test the two-second rule. To check, pick a stationary object in the distance. When their taillights are in line with the object, count to two. If your car passes the object before reaching two, you are too close and should give them more space.
What Should I Do if I Am Injured in an Accident?
If you are injured in an accident due to an aggressive driver, ensuring you contact an attorney as soon as possible is crucial. In Louisiana, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the negligent party.
The Law Office of Breithaupt, DuBos, & Wolleson is here to help. Our dedicated legal team has the necessary experience to fight to help you get the justice you deserve. Don’t wait to contact our competent team of attorneys to learn how we can assist you in your tailgating accident case.