What is tailgating and is it dangerous?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Collisions

For work reasons or social matters, people utilize New Mexico roads without incident each day. While this is the case for most people, some are not so lucky. While driving can be efficient and even enjoyable, there is always risk associated with it.

Part of that risk comes from the behavior of other road users. In both purposeful and accidental ways, other drivers can place you in physical danger. Tailgating is one of the more dangerous types of driving behavior, and approximately one in three accidents involve rear-end impacts.

Tailgating defined

Essentially, tailgating involves one vehicle following too closely behind another. This is dangerous for numerous reasons. First, a car that is following too closely can be intimidating and may cause a driver’s focus to be shifted from the road in front of them. This can result in the driver failing to see a hazard thereby being involved in a collision. Second, tailgating also means that if the lead car needs to stop quickly, the driver of the tailgating vehicle may not be able to stop their vehicle without causing a collision.

What can you do about it?

A tailgater may be frustrated because they are running late, or a tailgater may feel more entitled to the road than you. Regardless of why a driver is tailgating you, it is not in your best interests to compete or get into a conflict with a tailgating driver. If it is safe to do so, let them pass you. This will allow you to continue with your day and make it to your destination without coming to any harm.

As with any form of aggressive driving, tailgating can be extremely dangerous. If you have been injured because of someone else’s driving, you should consult with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sutten Law Group, LLC, (505) 990-RICK (7425), regrading your legal path to compensation.