Dealing with tailgaters
Tailgating is when one car drives very close to another car in order to get around them, or to intimidate them into speeding up. Tailgaters can easily cause accidents and be part of accidents, so when you are driving you should avoid becoming a tailgater or being hit by one at all costs. It is more difficult to deal with the situation if you are being tailgated, as it is not you who is at fault and it is up to you to avoid the other driver who is too close to you. Here are some tips for dealing with your tailgater.
- Check your own speed. Even though the car behind you is in the wrong for coming up too close to you, if you are driving much too slowly for the road you are on or the lane you are in, they may not actually have that much of a choice. In this case it is your fault that they are so close and you should move into another lane or speed up.
- Check which type of tailgater you are dealing with. You can choose the best way to avoid this situation by identifying the type of car that is trying to push too close to you. If you are dealing with someone who is in a rush, trying to get to the hospital or catch a flight, then you are in less danger than if you are dealing with a drunk driver or someone on drugs.
- Change lanes. The quickest way to escape most tailgaters is to simply move away from them. If you change lanes and get some distance between you and they return to tailgate you then they are warring with you, otherwise this move should get them away from you.
- Call for help. If the tailgater is trying to start a war with you then call the emergency services and get someone out to help.
Compensation after a road accident in Stoke-on-Trent
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by another driver tailgating you, then you may have a good case for compensation and should be able to make a successful claim.
You will need evidence of your road accident in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as a good personal injury lawyer who can put together a strong case. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team about your road accident in Stoke-on-Trent and they will be able to help you decide whether or not you have a good enough case for a compensation claim.
If you decide to proceed, you will be passed over to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will discuss the details of your road accident in Stoke-on-Trent with you and then begin to build your claim. Your injury lawyer will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis to get you the compensation you deserve and you will always be kept updated as your claim progresses.