Car accident attorneys understand that rear-end collisions happen every day. Many of these accidents are entirely avoidable, and they can be prevented by simply practicing safe driving habits on a daily basis. Astoundingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that around 40 percent of all car accidents are rear-end collisions. Tailgating is the primary cause for a significant portion of these accidents. Tailgating is defined as, one driver following another vehicle too closely, failing to leave enough room to avoid a collision in a situation which requires a sudden stop. The rule of thumb for safe following distance in a car is:
- When weather is good and visibility is optimal, the following vehicle should be at least 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front.
- If you are driving a heavy vehicle, or are driving when road conditions are poor, drivers must follow at a greater and safer distance.
Why do drivers tailgate?
Tailgating serve no safe purpose, so why do motorists do it?
- Drivers overestimate their skill.
- Drivers purposely follow too closely in an effort to intimidate another driver to go faster, or in cases of road rage.
- Drivers are distracted by texting, eating, rubbernecking, or in-car technologies.
- Following too close for hazardous weather conditions
- Driving under the influence
Rear-end collisions are often referred to as “whiplash collisions.” This is because rear end collisions have a propensity to cause whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a collective, non- medical term for injury to the soft tissues in the neck as a result from being struck from behind. Whiplash occurs when the victim’s body is pushed forward rapidly while the head remains behind momentarily. This sudden whipping of the head causes ligaments and muscles supporting the head to be stretched or torn. Whiplash injuries are generally very painful, causing the victim to be incapacitated for a number of days or weeks after the accident. If another driver is tailgating you, remain calm. Do not give in to being angry or upset. Keep calm, and just move over as soon as it is safe to do so, and then let them pass you. If you have been involved in a rear-end collision, contact a car accident attorney in Charlotte, NC.
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