Out of the 40,371 accidents that occurred on Arizona streets and freeways in 2010, nearly 47 percent of them were caused by rear-end collisions and an estimated 14 percent were credited to tailgating, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The majority of rear-end freeway car accidents are caused by tailgating, which is classified as a form of aggressive driving by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Aggressive drivers oftentimes tailgate because they are impatient to get to their destination. They feel that, by riding up on the rear end of a car, they can intimidate other drivers into either driving faster or moving out of their way. However, tailgating reduces the amount of time you have to react to situations such as sudden braking or driving in inclement weather. The car accident injuries that result from tailgating accidents range from mild to severe or even fatal, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Airbag trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Rib and torso damage
- Head and back injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Bumps and bruises
Regardless of where you are in the Greater Phoenix area, if you are being tailgated by an aggressive driver, the best thing to do is pull over on the side of the road or change lanes. Slowing down, verbal assaults or other passive-aggressive maneuvers can aggravate the tailgating driver even more, placing you and your passengers in unnecessary and real danger.
You can avoid causing a tailgating accident by following these five simple rules:
- Obey all posted speed limits whenever you are driving
- Allow for adequate distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you
- Increase this distance if the vehicle in front of you is a motorcycle or large truck
- Be a defensive driver, not an aggressive driver
- Stay to the right except to pass other motorists
The Phoenix auto accident lawyers at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC urge you to call their team if you have been involved in a tailgating accident. Tailgating car accident victims are often entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and wrongful deaths. There is never any excuse for aggressive driving or road rage that puts other’s lives in danger.
Trust our team of accident lawyers to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Contact our freeway car accident lawyers in Mesa today for a free consultation.