The National Safety Council recommends that drivers keep to a distance of three seconds from one another. This means that if the vehicle in front passes a landmark, it should take the driver behind them at least three seconds to pass this point.
Following too closely and breaching this distance is commonly referred to as tailgating. Tailgating is dangerous because it doesn’t allow the driver in rear to stop in time to avert a crash.
Why do some drivers tailgate? It generally comes down to a few specific reasons:
For the most part, tailgating is associated with aggressive driving. The driver to the rear may be running late or simply be annoyed that they are stuck in traffic. Tailgating may be an attempt to force the driver in front to move out of the way and let them through.
Sometimes, tailgating doesn’t even have anything to do with overtaking. The tailgating driver may simply be annoyed and want to get the attention of the other driver so that a confrontation can ensue.
While aggression is the most common reason for tailgating, this isn’t always the case. A driver may simply be following too closely because they have suffered a lapse in concentration. They may be a little mentally preoccupied or distracted by their cell phone. In any case, the potential for an accident is the same.
Tailgating drivers have no right to put you in danger. If you have been injured by the negligent actions of another, then you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seeking legal guidance will help you come up with a suitable plan.