Following another driver too closely is one of the most common and one of the most dangerous unsafe driving practices that drivers regularly commit. Generally, it is advised that for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling, you should maintain a car-length’s distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. When a person tailgates, they disregard this safety warning and follow too closely behind another car, dramatically increasing the risk of a serious car accident occurring. Unfortunately, at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., we see far too many tailgating incidents in Austin, all because another driver chose to follow a safe driver too closely.
Dangers of Tailgating
Tailgating can increase the chances of an accident in a number of ways. For instance, a person who tailgates another vehicle:
- Loses the ability to stop quickly
- Has decreased reaction time in case of emergency
- Is often not paying attention / is distracted
- Typically disregards other traffic laws too
- Is more likely to rear-end another vehicle
These dangers make tailgating extremely hazardous. Though you may choose to drive safely, the actions of a driver who is tailgating you or another vehicle may cause you to become involved in a car accident. But you do not have to face this situation without help.
Discuss Tailgating Dangers with a Car Accident Attorney in Austin
If another driver was tailgating you, causing an accident in which you were injured, you might be owed financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. can help Austin drivers decide if legal action is appropriate for their situation, and act accordingly. Call our office today at (512) 710-0931 to discuss your potential case.