Can I Sue a Driver for Tailgating and Causing an Accident?

Accident Attorney Protecting the Rights of Drivers throughout Indianapolis

Tailgating is the act of following one vehicle too closely. It is a reckless and dangerous behavior because it increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident. Tailgating is also considered an aggressive driving tactic by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sadly, drivers engage in tailgating every day. Whether they are in a hurry, the other driver is going too slow, or for another reason, they are increasing their chances of causing an accident. If that driver was to cause an accident, he or she is liable for doing so.

Why Tailgating is so Dangerous

Drivers should have a reasonable trailing distance behind the vehicle in front of them. It is clearly stated in the driver’s handbook. Sadly, drivers fail to do this. When a driver gets too close to the vehicle in front, he or she limits the opportunity to react if that leading vehicle suddenly stops or swerves. The tailgating driver is more likely to rear-end the lead vehicle, and in some cases, that rear-end collision could result in a chain-reaction accident.

The Injuries of Tailgating

Tailgating typically results in a rear-end collision. While these may not sound as serious, rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries – especially if the driver was tailgating at high speeds, such as on the highway.

Some common injuries associated with tailgating include:

  • Whiplash
  • Head Trauma
  • Lacerations
  • Broken Bones or Fractures
  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Airbag-Caused Injuries

Some of these injuries may be minor, while other times they could impact a victim for years – if not for the rest of life. Most of these injuries – regardless of how long they last – are painful and require multiple doctor’s visits, treatments, and sometimes even surgeries.

A victim is likely to miss countless hours of work, and if the accident was too severe, he or she might have limited ability to work or be permanently disabled.

Holding Tailgating Drivers Responsible

When a driver chooses to tailgate another vehicle, he or she is choosing to drive recklessly. After your rear-end collision, you have medical costs, lost wages, property damage, and pain. You should not have to endure through all of that when someone’s impatient and reckless actions caused the accident.

Instead, contact the attorneys at Jacobs Law, LLC. Our Indianapolis-based firm has helped countless victims just like you receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. To get started or to just explore your options for compensation, contact one of our team members by phone or fill out our online contact form now.