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4 reasons people tailgate — and they’re all dangerous

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Tailgating is one of the most dangerous things that a driver can do. Driving too close behind another vehicle leaves little to no  time to react to a sudden situation. It can cause a crash that would never have resulted in a wreck at all under normal circumstances. 

When someone is tailgating you, the lack of control over your own safety is unnerving. It’s hard or impossible to get these drivers to back off, and you always feel like they’re on the verge of hitting you. 

So why do people drive like this?

Every situation is unique, but there are some standard reasons for tailgating. Understanding what they are may help you know what to look for and how to react. Here are some of the top excuses drivers give for tailgating:

  • They’re in a rush. They want to pass, but they’re just waiting for a good chance to do it.
  • They’re trying to get you to speed up. This usually has the opposite effect, but the tailgater thinks that getting closer to the next car will cause that driver to increase their speed.
  • They’re angry. Maybe they think you cut them off or made some other error. Tailgating is just one type of road rage.
  • They’re clueless. They think they have plenty of room to stop. They could also just be distracted by the phone or something else, and they may not even know how close they’re gotten.

Therefore, for your own safety, do not tailgate and try to avoid such drivers by pulling over, if necessary.

All of these issues can lead to serious injuries in a car accident that should never have happened. If you get hurt, you must know what rights you have to financial compensation and have an attorney who will fight for your rights. Solomon Law Firm has many years of experience and have recovered millions for its clients over those years.