How Many Accidents Are Caused by Tailgating?

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Tailgating is dangerous behavior, so it’s no surprise that it can frequently cause car accidents. If you got hurt because someone else was tailgating, you could be owed compensation. Their insurance company might send you a lowball proposal that does not cover your expenses, but our Monmouth County car accident attorneys can help you build a case and fight for a fairer offer.

Why is Tailgating a Common Cause of Accidents?

Tailgating is a big problem because it makes it harder for the rear driver to react when the front car suddenly comes to a stop. Many things can suddenly affect the flow of traffic. Road work could start. An animal or pedestrian might jump out onto the road. An uneven section of the road could cause an unexpected slowdown.

You need to put space between yourself and the car in front of you so that you can respond in time and brake when necessary. This is especially important during the winter months and during rainstorms when the road could be slippery.

What Kinds of Injuries Are Common in Rear-End Collisions?

Rear-end crashes caused by tailgating can result in all sorts of injuries. Victims can end up with:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • Spinal cord injury

Whiplash is a common outcome of crashes like these. This is a spinal cord injury that occurs when the occupants of a car have their heads shoot forward and then quickly fall back, like the motion of a cracking whip. Whiplash can be a result even when a crash happens at lower speeds, and it comes with all sorts of painful symptoms that can make it difficult for a victim to return to life as usual.

Can I Sue For Damages if Another Driver Was Tailgating Me?

If the other driver’s tailgating causes an accident, they can be sued for damages. Insurers often blame the rear car in a rear-end collision, so that can work in your favor. The main challenge fighting for a fair compensation amount. The insurance company might give you a low offer and underestimate your injuries. They could tell you that you need to act quickly and accept their offer. Don’t believe them. Talk to one of our lawyers about your rights first.

How Long Do I Have to Pursue Legal Action?

You have two years to sue after a car accident. Wait any longer and your case is likely to be thrown out, no matter how compelling it is. There are some exceptions to this statute of limitations, like when a victim is a minor, but we still recommend acting as quickly as you can. After all, the faster you act, the faster we can help you win a fair compensation offer!

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So if you were hurt in a car accident, get ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Contact the Wilton Law Firm and ask to schedule a free case consultation. We would be happy to tell you more about your options.