Tailgating occurs when one driver drives too close to the rear fender of another vehicle. What's too close for safety? According to the experts, you can reduce the dangers of ending up in a collision due to tailgating simply by keeping about 10 feet between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour that you're driving.
If, on the other hand, you're the driver being tailgated, move over and let the other driver pass if at all possible. Most tailgating occurs simply because one driver is impatient with another or in a hurry to get somewhere. If you can't move over to let the other driver pass, slow down gradually and make sure that you have plenty of space between you and the driver in front of you to minimize the possibility of a three-car accident.
While it's only speculation, a two-car collision back in July here in Pennsylvania may be illustrative of the dangers of tailgating. The accident took place in Tioga County, just before the New York state line. A 2009 Nissan Murano was traveling southbound on Route 15. As the Nissan approached the exit for Route 49, the Nissan slowed to make the turn and was promptly slammed into by a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban from behind.Troopers said the driver of the Chevrolet had apparently misjudged the distance between the two vehicles.
If you've been in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver's tailgating and you have suffered injuries, find out more about your right to compensation for your injuries and losses from an experienced attorney.