Most drivers have been stuck with a tailgater from time to time. Not only are they frustrating and put you in a stressful situation, their behaviour is also highly dangerous, even if the tailgater doesn’t realise it.
Tailgating means driving far too close to the vehicle in front. How close will this be? It depends on the speed you are driving; you should always have plenty of room to stop your vehicle before hitting the one in front. This is true regardless of the speed you may be going.
In the eyes of the law you will always be the guilty party if you drive into the back of another vehicle. It means you were far too close to them and therefore did not allow a suitable and safe stopping distance. Now the law has been changed so a police officer can impose an on-the-spot fine to a driver who is seen driving too close to the vehicle in front. It is hoped that this will reduce the number of people who are tempted to do this. Reducing the instances of tailgating on our roads would be a good way of reducing unnecessary accidents as well.
What could the consequences of tailgating be?
The consequences are simple – if two cars are travelling at a reasonable speed and the one at the rear is too close to the one in front, an accident will very likely occur if the car in front has to stop suddenly. A common outcome is whiplash for one or both drivers. The faster the cars are going at the time, the more severe the accident is likely to be. Furthermore there is a higher chance that other cars may be involved in the accident.
Do you need expert advice from a professional injury compensation lawyer?
Tailgating causes accidents on our roads on a regular basis. If you have been unfortunate enough to be in an accident where someone has hit you from behind after tailgating, contact Accident Advice Helpline now. Providing the accident occurred within the past three years you could be entitled to claim compensation via a no win, no fee* court case. We are here to help, so call the free 24/7 enquiry line today to find out where you stand. Our professional injury compensation lawyers are ready and waiting to take your call when you have a moment to ring.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown