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Tailgating Car Accident Lawyer

tailgating-car-accident-attorneys In the United States, tailgating is a common cause of vehicle collisions. Drivers who follow too closely to the car in front of them run the risk of causing rear-end collisions should the vehicle ahead brake suddenly.

In addition, tailgated drivers may feel pressured to drive faster than they otherwise would, increasing the risk of tailgating accidents. If you have been injured in a collision with other vehicles tailgating closely behind, it is important to speak with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC.

Our Chicago car accident attorneys can help you understand your legal options and potentially pursue compensation from the other driver's insurance company. Call our law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our law firm remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Tailgating Accident Statistics

Tailgating is when the other driver's vehicle follows too closely to the car in front, leading to dangerous situations on the road. If you're one of the millions of drivers who tailgate, it's important to understand the risks and dangers involved.

According to a recent study, nearly two-thirds of all car accidents caused by rear-ending in the United States occur when the driver tailgates. Police reports indicate that many of these rear-end accidents involve aggressive driving.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data reveal that in 2018, there were 2,337,000 police-reported traffic crashes. Out of these crashes, 587,000 resulted in injuries, and 3,943 resulted in fatalities.

The statistics show that rear-end collisions that year accounted for 29 percent of all crashes, 31 percent of all injuries, and 24 percent of all fatal crashes. This data reveals that if you are hit in a rear-end collision, you are more likely to experience an injury than if any other type of auto accident occurs.

In Illinois, there were 95,829 vehicle accidents in 2018. Over 9,520 resulted from these accidents, and 471 resulted in deaths. Tailgating and rear-end crashes accounted for 28 percent of all accidents, 31 percent of all injuries, and 50 percent fatalities.

What to Do After a Tailgating Car Accident

If you are involved in a tailgating accident, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Remain calm and check for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
  • Exchange information with the other drivers involved in the accident, including names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, and insurance information.
  • Participate with law enforcement initiating a police report
  • Take photographs of the accident scene and damage to both vehicles.
  • Notify your insurance company as soon as possible.

Schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced car accident lawyer. Determining liability early on can hole the tailgating driver financially accountable for fair compensation.

If you have been injured in a tailgating accident, do not hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC. Our Chicago car accident lawyers can help you understand your legal options and potentially recover financial compensation from the at-fault driver in a personal injury case.

Call us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation today. All confidential or sensitive information you share with your injury lawyer remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Common Causes of Tailgating Car Accidents

Tailgating accidents happen so often because people do not give themselves enough time to slow down or stop when one vehicle approaches the other vehicle. In addition, many drivers are in a hurry to get to their destination and end up following too closely to the car in front of them.

Distracted driving, excessive speed, and road rage can lead to dangerous situations when the vehicle in front stops suddenly.

The common causes of tailgating accidents leading to severe injury and even death involve:

When these factors are combined, a dangerous situation can quickly develop. If you are driving and find yourself in this situation, it is important to remain calm and take steps to avoid an accident.

Common Injuries of Tailgating Car Accidents

The most common injuries experienced accidents caused by tailgating include:

These injuries can have a long-lasting impact on the victim's quality of life. For example, a victim may require extensive rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury or be unable to work due to traumatic brain injury.

Victims of these accidents may also suffer from significant financial hardship due to their injuries. The victim cannot work or requires ongoing medical care in many cases.

Steps to Prevent a Tailgating Accident

If you are driving and find yourself being tailgated, it is important to avoid a car accident. One way to do this is to use your signal to indicate that you will be stopping soon.

The signaling will give the driver time to slow down or stop behind you. Additionally, you can use your brake lights to warn the driver behind you that you are slowing down.

If the driver behind you does not slow down or stop due to distracted driving or intent, remember that you have the right to protect yourself. You can do this by braking suddenly or changing lanes. By doing this, you may be able to avoid a rear-end collision.

By following these simple tips, you can help avoid being involved in a tailgating accident:

  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the other driver in front of you
  • Use your signal to indicate when you're planning to change lanes or turn
  • If someone is tailgating you, don't be afraid to use your horn as a warning
  • Safelytail the vehicle in front of you so you have enough room to avoid an accident
  • See how much space is between your vehicle and other vehicles on the road
  • Avoid getting stuck at a red light with no way out
  • If other drivers continue to follow too closely, pull over to the side of the road and let them pass

It is important always to be aware of your surroundings when driving, especially if you are being tailgated. Taking the necessary precautions can help you avoid a serious vehicle accident.

If you are injured in a tailgating accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. You may also want to speak with a car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options about filing a personal injury lawsuit. Call our law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.

Filing a Personal Injury Case for Injuries Caused by a Rear-End Accident

Any victim hurt in a rear-end crash can file a personal injury case seeking financial compensation from every at-fault driver causing damages. The case will be a negligence claim, where the victim has to prove that the other driver failed to use reasonable care while driving, which directly resulted in the accident.

The four elements of civil tort law involve:

  • The defendant (the driver who caused the accident) has a duty of care to the plaintiff (the victim)
  • The defendant breached that duty of care
  • That breach caused the accident and resulting injuries
  • The plaintiff suffered damages.

It is generally easy to prove that the defendant had a duty of care to the plaintiff in a rear-end collision. The driver is always expected to keep a safe distance from all vehicles. Any violation of that duty can be used as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit.

However, many motorists involved in the accident may be responsible for the victim's past medical costs and ongoing medical expenses.

Property damages are also common after a rear-end crash. Many times, the victim's vehicle will be totaled, and they will have to spend money on repairs. The victim can file a separate property damage claim to seek reimbursement for the losses in these cases.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If a victim dies in a rear-end crash, their loved ones can file a wrongful death claim. The victim's estate files this type of case and seeks damages from the at-fault driver.

The damages in a wrongful death lawsuit can include:

  • The cost of the victim's funeral and burial expenses
  • The decedent's lost wages, future lost earnings, and medical bills
  • The lost income the victim would have earned if they had lived
  • The pain and suffering the victim experienced before death
  • Any other provable damages

A wrongful death suit can provide financial relief for a victim's loved ones who died in a car accident. If you have lost a loved one in a rear-end accident, please contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.

Hire an Accident Injury Attorney to Resolve a Tailgating Crash Case

Were you injured in a car crash? Are you seeking compensation for your damages?

Our attorneys can help. We accept all cases on a contingency fee agreement, meaning no upfront fees are paid until the case is resolved.

Contact us at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation.


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