Effects of Tailgating
Tailgating refers to a pastime at football events and concerts, but less innocently it refers to following a driver too closely. Tailgating is the cause of many accidents, and it can cause a chain reaction of rear-end collisions. Really when you’re hit from behind, the other driver was probably tailgating.
So, if it’s so dangerous, why do people do it? People tailgate because of road rage, or when they’re in a hurry. Sometimes people simply don’t realize how close they were following someone until they couldn’t break-in time. These crashes come with one synonymous factor. However, they were all avoidable.
Pockets of Traffic
It is ironic because tailgating often happens with the idea that the driver is speeding. However, tailgating causes pockets of traffic. You have probably noticed it on the expressway or a usually busy street. There is always that “one spot” where everyone gets congested.
It’s unnecessary, and it is because of tailgating. When a driver creeps up on the car in front of the many people will respond with trying to slow down and move to the next lane — the proper thing to do in many cases. However, give traffic conditions they may not be able to get over safely. Then anxiety builds as more people travel closer together. Finally, there is a whole pod of people tailgating.
The pockets of traffic are the breeding ground for pile-ups. When one tailgater does it and hits another car, that driver doesn’t have enough room to stop before hitting the car in front of them. It’s a catastrophic situation that can lead to many severe injuries.
People tailgate out of road rage quite frequently. Although each person has their gauge or barometer on road rage, there are extreme situations. Road rage, which has both incited tailgating and resulted from tailgating, has led to severe criminal charges.
So how can tailgating lead to road rage? While the driver following too closely may not have been at a state of rage, the driver in front may progressively become more irritated. That driver may take it out on other drivers, speed, tailgate in return, or worse. Road rage makes people unpredictable. Simple tailgating can provoke someone to use their vehicle as a weapon. Both events in that instance are unacceptable and negligent of the rules of the road.
It’s possible that the driver who hit you out of rage was tailgated by another person that you never saw. People don’t carefully consider the effects of their tailgating.
How can you avoid tailgating if it’s something that someone else does to you? There are clear instructions for people to get out of tailgating situations with minimal risk of crash or injury.
First, move lanes. If someone is tailgating you, pull to the side, or move to the next lane and allow them to pass. Second, drive the speed limit. The right lane is for slow traffic, but if you are substantially under the speed limit, you will be subject to tailgating and may be partially responsible for any crash. Third and finally, don’t brake check anyone. Tapping your brakes will escalate the situation and can incite road rage.
As you avoid tailgating, you may find that you’re the target of a driver with road rage. If you feel unsafe or that you’re the target of harassment contact the police. At no time do you have to put up with tailgating and in North Carolina, tailgating is against the law.
Work with police and use the resources available to report a driver for tailgating before a crash happens. If you are in a crash with a driver that you felt was harassing you, again, contact the authorities. It may be unsafe to leave your vehicle.
Reach Out to a North Carolina Accident Attorney
If you were hurt, you need an attorney by your side and you can find one at Hurt.com. A tailgating crash can lead to severe problems, including traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, and more. After an accident, you should take the natural course of events such as filing a police report and contacting your insurance company.
However, you should also reach out to a North Carolina auto collision attorney. Not only do you need help in your recovery, but you need help with your case. Your claim will require you to jump through many hoops, such as taking your car to an adjuster and keeping close track of your medical bills. Bringing a lawyer onto your claim can refocus a lot of the work with your case and allow you to worry about your recovery.
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