Following too closely, known as tailgating, is one of the worst driving habits that a Tennessee driver can have. When a motorist follows too closely to the vehicle in front of them, they decrease their reaction time in the event that the lead vehicle suddenly slows down or stops. Often, motorists are not even aware that they are following the car in front of them too closely until it is too late. Across the country, tailgating is the leading cause of rear-end collisions.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury or property damage in a tailgating accident due to no fault of your own, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover any losses from the accident. You may be able to receive compensation for current and future medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering and other damages related to the crash.
To begin exploring your legal options, we encourage you to contact our Knoxville car accident lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.
Causes of Tailgating Accidents
One of the easiest ways to determine if a driver is aggressive is if they are tailgating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 6.8 million motor vehicle accidents occur across the nation every year and a majority of them are caused by some form of aggressive or reckless driving behavior.
Those who tailgate often exhibit other signs of aggression while behind the wheel, including quick lane changes, speeding, and a general disregard for the rules of the road.
Common causes of tailgating in Knoxville include:
- An aggressive driver displaying road rage;
- An impatient driver attempting to pass the vehicle they are tailgating; or,
- An ignorant driver who is unaware of how closely they are following the car in front of them.
If any of these causes led to a tailgating accident that resulted in your injury, we urge you to speak with one of our lawyers today to see how we may be able to help you with your claim. To contact us right away, simply complete the Free Case Review form on this page.
Common Tailgating Accident Injuries
The injuries sustained by those involved in a Tennessee tailgating accident usually depends on the circumstances surrounding the crash, including how many vehicles were involved and the speeds the cars were traveling at the time of impact.
Common injuries suffered by those involved in a tailgating accident include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Seat Belt Injuries
- Rib and Torso Injuries
- Passenger Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Broken Glass Injuries
If you or a loved one sustained one of these injuries or any other type of injury in a Knoxville car accident and you wish to explore your legal options, we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers after you have seen a doctor.
Oftentimes, the symptoms of serious injuries can take days to become apparent, and waiting to see a doctor could worsen your injury. After seeing a physician, we recommend that you contact one of our lawyers to begin the legal process. Tennessee has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim, and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly affect your ability to recover fair compensation for your losses.
For immediate assistance, contact our attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.
Contact an Experienced Knoxville Auto Accident Lawyer Today
At Greg Coleman Law, we offer free legal consultations to Knoxville accident victims. During your consultation, a member of our legal team will review the details and merits of your claim in order to recommend the best course of legal action to take to recover losses from the collision.
In order to make sure that our clients are able to afford representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Tennessee tailgating accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our lawyers, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.