Personal injury attorney Tim O’Hare discusses why motorists should break this habit.
Dallas, Texas, Aug 12, 2015 – Automobile crashes are one of the main reasons why people find themselves picking up a phone to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Many of those crashes happen to result from rear-end accidents caused by drivers who are in the habit of tailgating.
“In addition to being quite common, tailgating accidents are among the most frustrating,” says Dallas personal injury attorney Tim O’Hare. “This is because they are, for the most part, largely avoidable. Tailgating is a bad habit drivers pick up that can prove to be dangerous and costly. When rear-end crashes occur, it is almost always considered the fault of the following motorist. This can open up a driver to expensive tickets, responsibility for injuries to themselves and others and the potential for litigation.”
Motorists who are in the habit of tailgating can benefit themselves and others on the road by taking these steps to break the bad driving behavior:
· Leave a little earlier – One of the reasons why so many people tailgate is that they are in a hurry to get wherever they are going. To avoid the anxiety, simply leave a few minutes earlier. Keep in mind that a few seconds saved by going faster and tailgating will quickly be lost and then some if an accident does occur.
· Learn to maintain a ‘personal bubble’ around your vehicle – Ideally, motorists will want to keep a fair amount of distance between them and other vehicles in front, behind and on their sides. This can increase reaction time necessary to avoid a host of accidents. In regard to tailgating, it’s wise to let the vehicle directly in front have at least a 3 second lead. Increase this gap should weather conditions demand it.
“Tailgating is an aggressive driving habit that can cost motorists and others on the road with them dearly,” O’Hare says. “If you or a loved one tailgates, work on breaking that habit right away. And, if you or a loved one has been injured by a tailgating motorist, be sure to seek legal counsel.”