There Is No Excuse for Tailgating, but Drivers Have Their Reasons

We have all been there, driving down North Second Street in Rockford, with another car a few inches from the back bumper. Tailgating, or following the lead car too closely, is a dangerous practice that can lead to serious rear-end accidents that occur when the car in front brakes suddenly.

Ideally, drivers should leave a three-second gap between themselves and the vehicle in front—more when weather conditions are poor. So, why do people tailgate if it is so dangerous?

Reasons for Tailgating

  • The car in front is unnecessarily slow, holding up traffic in the fast lane.
  • The driver does not understand the dangers of tailgating.
  • The driver is distracted—talking on a cell phone, texting, chatting with a passenger, eating, or fiddling with the radio and not paying attention to his driving.
  • The driver is drowsy—he is on autopilot, following the driver in front through lane changes and variations in speed.
  • The driver is in the overtaking position—following the lead car closely as he gets ready to pass.
  • The driver is impatient, in a hurry to be on his way or even late for an appointment.
  • The driver is showing aggression—using his vehicle to intimidate the driver in front.
  • The driver is trying to maintain his speed, hoping that the traffic slowdown is temporary.

There is no good excuse for tailgating—it is dangerous and causes serious accidents. However, if cars regularly follow you too closely, you may wish to examine your own driving practices and be sure you are not doing anything to delay or frustrate others.

If you are injured in an accident caused by a tailgating driver, you deserve to be compensated for injuries, damage to your vehicle, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for fast, free answers to your legal questions or fill out the online contact form on this page and we will get back to you shortly.