Tailgating is always dangerous no matter the reason for this reckless driving. Whether it is because of road rage, immaturity, or simply hoping to squeeze in a few extra miles to the gallon, tailgating can cause serious accidents and even death. About 33% of all car accidents are reportedly caused by tailgating. This is because tailgating decreases the time that a tailgater has to react to the car in front, such as stopping suddenly.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident because of an irresponsible driver’s tailgating, you may qualify for financial compensation to help pay for medical bills and property repair costs. Contact the Milwaukee reckless driving lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation.
Ways to Avoid Tailgating
To maintain a safe driving distance, drivers should stay about two seconds behind the car in front on a dry road, four seconds on a wet road, and 10 seconds behind the car if the roads are covered in snow or ice. Tailgating decreases a driver’s reaction time and increases his or her risk of causing a chain-reaction accident. Some tips to avoid a tailgating-related accident include:
- Maintain a safe speed where you can easily stop without hitting the car in front of you. Adjust the speed to road conditions.
- If you are driving a large, heavy vehicle, keep it mind that it will require more time to stop.
- Drive slower in poor weather.
- Leave 10 feet of distance between you and the car in front of you for every 10 miles per hour you are driving. If you are driving 60 mph, leave 60 feet between you and the car in front of you.
If a driver chooses to disregard these rules and tailgate, he or she can be held responsible for causing an accident due to this negligent behavior.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., we believe that people injured in car accidents due to the negligence of others deserve full, generous compensation for their pain and suffering. Contact the experienced Milwaukee reckless driving attorneys from our offices today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.