Many driving manuals emphasize the importance of motorists keeping a safe distance between themselves and the person in front of them; however, many find it challenging to do this.
This reckless driving habit, especially in heavy traffic, often results in completely preventable injuries and deaths.
How common are tailgating accidents?
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data reflects how there are just under one million motorists annually who suffer injuries in a tailgating accident. An estimated 2,000 individuals die in them.
A recent Michelin Tire study captured how only 11% of respondents polled admitted to tailgating others during the past six months. At least three-quarters of the same respondents noted that other motorists tailgate them, though.
How motorists can avoid tailgating incidents
Drivers can minimize their chances of causing a tailgating crash by keeping one car length distance for every 10 miles of speed. Motorists should give themselves even more time to stop if there is inclement weather. You may find it helpful to stay back a few extra car lengths if the driver in front of you appears to have some mechanical issues as well.
Michelin notes that motorists that don’t like how fast another driver is traveling should pass them instead of tailgating them. Their research shows that it’s best when a driver waits three seconds after pulling alongside a vehicle so that the motorist notices them before they move in front of them.
Fender-benders can be much more severe than they sound
Most motorists assume that because tailgating incidents often occur at slow rates of speed that there’s no way that they can result in anyone’s serious injuries or death. That’s not the case, though. The size and weight of a vehicle can all impact the gravity of the injuries that a victim suffers in this kind of accident.
An attorney can advocate for you in your Appleton case to recover the compensation necessary to pay your existing and future medical bills and other expenses to the fullest extent that Wisconsin law allows.