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Miami Tailgating Accident Lawyer

Tailgating accounts for at least one third of collisions, according to the NHTSA. If you were the victim in such a crash, a Miami tailgating accident lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Here at Spencer Morgan Law, our lawyers never stop fighting for you and your best interests.

The Six Most Common Reasons Drivers Tailgate

  • Road Rage—Tailgating is possibly the most common form of road rage driving. Road rage drivers get close to the vehicle in front in an attempt to pressure the foreword driver to either move out of the lane or speed up, neither of which the forward driver is obligated to do.
  • Impatience—Impatience is simply a form of road rage. Driving up a car length from the person in front is not only rude, but it is incredibly dangerous to everyone else sharing the road. Impatient drivers may not be consciously trying to make the driver in front of them speed up, but this is exactly what they are portraying.
  • Texting and Driving/Distracted Driving—Texting drivers are simply not paying very much attention to what is going on around them. Because it is impossible to multitask (the brain can only focus on one thing at a time), texting or distracted drivers often end up tailgating without even realizing it.
  • Drunk Driving—Drunk drivers tailgate because they A) do not have the ability to judge distances and speeds correctly, B) are prone to taking dangerous risks, and B) they lack the awareness of what they are doing.
  • Drowsy Driving—Unlike drunk driving, there is no test to determine if a driver is impaired due to fatigue/sleepiness. But drowsy drivers are prone to tailgating, just like drunk drivers. Drowsy drivers do not realize the lack of space they may be giving to the driver in front of them, and it is subconsciously “easy” to blindly follow the car in front of them when their own brain is working at half the speed due to fatigue.
  • Utter Ignorance—It does not take a rocket scientist to understand that following five feet behind a vehicle while traveling 65 miles an hour is a bad idea. But there are more than a few illogical drivers out there who do not seem to understand this. However, ignorance of the law (or the laws of physics) is never an excuse for causing a traffic collision.

There are some instances when the forward driver may actually be at fault for causing the crash, and tailgating itself was not the primary reason for the collision. An example includes the forward driver intentionally slamming on the brakes in an instance of road rage.

Call a Miami Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer Today

By simply giving each other more space, we could reduce the number of annual traffic collisions by one third. This would not only reduce the average commuter’s driving time by decreasing rear-enders and the rubbernecking that goes along with it,  but it would save lives and reduce debilitating injury crashes. Unfortunately, when some people get behind the wheel all rational is left behind. If you were injured in a tailgating crash, call our Miami Tailgating Accident Lawyer at Spencer Morgan Law today at 305-423-3800 to schedule a free consultation.

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