Types of tailgaters, and how to avoid a car accident
Tailgating is a dangerous type of road behaviour that is quite likely to cause a Walsall car accident should the car in front have to stop suddenly. It is even more dangerous in bad weather, where the time it takes you to stop is longer, and in heavy traffic where cars are stopping all the time. It is never a good idea to tailgate, but even if you never do this does not mean that you won’t have to deal with tailgating at one time or another. There are different types of tailgating, and identifying which type of driver you are dealing with can help you to deal with the situation. Here are some of the types of tailgaters, to help you to deal with what is happening.
- Distracted drivers. Drivers who are distracted, perhaps on the phone or dealing with passengers or children, are more likely to tailgate by accident. They are not actually trying to get you to speed up, or trying to overtake, but merely not paying proper attention to the space between you. Try to get out of their way a little, and signal that they should overtake if they want to.
- Bullies. Some drivers are just bullies, and use this technique to assert some sort of power over other drivers. If you feel that you are the victim of a bully, the best thing to do is to ignore them, as they are actually looking for the attention you give them by reacting.
- Serial overtakers. Those who are permanently overtaking others in their hurry to get somewhere are likely to be tailgating just before they can get around you. Although these are annoying to deal with, you can take comfort in the fact that they will probably overtake you before long.
- Dreamers. This type of driver is usually just coasting along and not really thinking about the road. Sound your horn to wake them up.
How to claim compensation from a tailgater for a Walsall car accident
A Walsall car accident which has been caused by a tailgater should be quite an open and shut case when it comes to insurance and compensation. As long as there is proof that the other car was tailgating, and that your car was hit from behind, getting insurance and compensation payouts should be fairly simple.
To make the compensation process even simpler, call the Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. The team will be more than happy to speak with you about your Walsall car accident and help you to make a start on your claim, using experienced personal injury lawyers working on a 100% no win no fee basis.
Date Published: 12th June 2014
Author: David Brown