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Injured in a Tailgating Car Accident?

Getting into a car crash can change your life in a matter of seconds. Physical injuries, excruciating pain, emotional trauma, and financial distress can be devastating to car accident victims and their families. The only thing that makes the accident worse is if the victim knows it was completely avoidable.

Tailgating is a form of aggressive driving that is completely unnecessary and extremely dangerous. Many rear-end collisions are caused by drivers who tailgate. Rear-end collisions make up over 30% of all motor vehicle accidents and can be deadly to the occupants in the car.

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If you or your loved one were injured by a tailgating driver, then you may have the right to compensation. Reach out to a Regan Zambri Long tailgating car accident lawyer today. You will have a free consultation with a seasoned personal injury lawyer who will guide you through the claims process and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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Tailgating Car Accident Lawyers

The Regan Zambri Long law firm has been in business for over 30 years. We have secured millions for our clients, including a $14 million settlement for an auto accident. We are confident we can do the same for you. When you work with the Regan Zambri Long law firm, you will work with an experienced attorney who deeply understands the pain you and your family are in. We make it our goal to quickly and efficiently build and settle your case so you and your family can start to rebuild your life as soon as possible.

Call for your free consultation today so you can get the process started and make a step toward financial recovery.

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What Is Tailgating?

Tailgating is when one driver drives too closely behind another vehicle. Unfortunately, tailgating is common behavior among drivers in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and across the United States. 14 out of every 10,000 drivers have at least one citation for tailgating. Tailgating is both extremely dangerous and simply annoying to other drivers.

Reasons Why Drivers Tailgate

There are plenty of reasons why drivers tailgate. All these reasons have one thing in common: negligence. Too many drivers do not understand the responsibility they have to other drivers they share the road with. No one should have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence.

Some reasons negligent drivers tailgate other drivers on the road are:

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents, injuring over 400,000 people in 2019 alone. Distracted driving is when a driver’s focus is on anything other than the road. Texting, talking on the phone, messing with the radio, eating, putting on makeup, and talking to other passengers can all be forms of distracted driving. When a driver is distracted, it’s easy to close in on the driver ahead without knowing it. If the car in front stops suddenly, a tailgating collision is likely to happen.

Drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is a very common problem, especially when it comes to commercial truck drivers. Drowsy driving happens when the person operating the car is tired. Thoughts can drift, eyes can get heavy, and the driver can fall asleep at the wheel. If the driver is too tired, they may not notice they are tailgating the car in front of them. If they fall asleep at the wheel, a tailgating accident can easily happen.

Bad weather and poor visibility

When people drive in heavy rain or snow, it is really hard to see the car directly in front of them. This is why it is so important to drive cautiously and slowly in inclement weather. If you are going under the speed limit, especially on a highway, your hazards should be turned on. In poor weather, the driver may not see that the car in front is too close and unknowingly tailgate. However, if the car should stop, especially in ice or rain, an accident is likely to occur.

Road rage

If you have been driving for any amount of time, you have encountered road rage. It’s alarming behavior and it is extremely dangerous. Many tailgating accidents are caused by road rage. Road rage triggers can be cutting off another driver, driving in the left-hand lane, problems when trying to merge lanes, and unnecessary honking and aggressive driving. Many drivers who have road rage will tailgate to prove a point, easily causing rear-end collisions.

Driving under the influence

Since we were kids, we’ve learned of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Reaction times are slowed and judgment and reason are impaired. Add tailgating to this, and it is a recipe for disaster. While tailgating is dangerous for any driver, one who is drunk or high will not have the mental capacity to stop their vehicle in time if the other driver stops suddenly.

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Common Injuries in Tailgating Car Accidents

Occupants in the backseat of a car are more likely to sustain more severe injuries than passengers in the front seat, especially in a rear-end collision. There are several factors for more serious injuries in the backseat. Car structures, especially in older cars, are less safe in the backseat than they are in the front seat. Backseat passengers are also less likely to wear seatbelts.

Because of this, injuries from rear-end collisions can be catastrophic for backseat passengers. Some common injuries are:

Whiplash

Whiplash is a serious neck injury that happens when a person’s neck is subject to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement. It is called ‘whiplash’ because the movement that causes it is like cracking a whip. Whiplash is frequently dismissed as a minor injury, but that could not be further from the truth. Victims can have chronic pain and discomfort for years and have to spend thousands of dollars on physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and pain management medication.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries can include concussions, brain bleeds, deep bruising on the brain, and severe TBI. Symptoms range from loss of consciousness to coma or permanent vegetative state. Following an accident, there may be few signs of a TBI. That is why it is so important to seek medical attention right away after a tailgating car accident.

Spinal cord injuries and paralysis

A spinal cord injury is damage to the spine or the nerves surrounding it. Victims may suffer partial or complete paralysis. In some cases, the movement and feeling may come back, but in others, the victim is left with little to no range of motion at all. In the first year after suffering paralysis from a spinal cord injury, a victim can rack up over $1 million in medical expenses and lifestyle changes.

Broken bones

Many different bones can break or fracture in a car accident. Deployed airbags can break facial bones. Leg, ankle, and foot bones can break by hitting the dashboard or door. In the backseat, passengers can suffer broken arms, backs, ribs, and more. Severe breaks may require surgery and possibly never heal properly.

Internal bleeding and organ damage

Internal bleeding is bleeding that occurs within your body. Often, bleeding can be caused by a damaged or ruptured organ as a result of trauma. Like traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding and organ damage may not display outward symptoms right away. However, if they are left untreated, they can be fatal. It is in your best interest to seek medical care immediately after a tailgating accident.

Other injuries from a tailgating accident may include:

Liability in a Rear-end Crash

At the Regan Zambri Long law firm, we make it our mission for our clients to understand every step of the personal injury case they are involved in. For you to understand the claims process, you must first understand how your attorney will determine liability for the tailgating accident.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the at-fault driver is not always the one who rear-ended the car in front of them. It may actually be the fault of the driver who was hit. The driver who was hit from behind could be found liable for the accident if he or she:

  • Reversed suddenly into the vehicle behind them.
  • Stopped suddenly to make a turn, but failed to make the turn.
  • Stopped suddenly because they were distracted.
  • Made an unpredictable maneuver, especially if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Has broken brake lights and failed to indicate to the driver behind that they are braking.
  • Were stopped in the middle of the road because of a car breakdown or mechanical failure and failed to turn on their hazard lights.
  • Kept brake-checking, which is a form of road rage.
  • We point this out because Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are jurisdictions that practice contributory negligence. Contributory negligence states that if you, the claimant, bear any responsibility in the accident, then you cannot collect damages for your injuries.

    The Regan Zambri Long personal injury attorneys have seen defense lawyers quickly use contributory negligence to get their clients out of paying fair compensation. We will not allow that to happen to you. Your Regan Zambri Long accident lawyer will investigate the scene of the accident, use security footage, photos, and eyewitnesses to prove you, in no way, caused the motor vehicle accident you were involved in.

    Not all personal injury law firms can take on large insurance companies. Many smaller firms in the DC Metro Area refer their clients to Regan Zambri Long when a case becomes too big. When you work with a Regan Zambri Long injury lawyer, you are working with a national trial lawyer. That means if your case goes to court, you will have an experienced legal team behind you who will be with you until the end.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tailgating Car Accidents in Washington, DC

Q: How do you prevent tailgating accidents?

A: There are two ways to look at preventing a tailgating accident. The first is if you are the driver who is being tailgated. If a car is following too closely behind you, you should:

If you are the driver who is following too closely behind another vehicle, remember these important safety tips to avoid a catastrophic accident:

Q: What should I do after a tailgating accident?

A: There are several steps you can follow to ensure your safety following a crash, but also to help yourself with your personal injury case. Following a tailgating accident, you should:

Q: What damages can I collect in a personal injury lawsuit?

A: Your Regan Zambri Long car accident lawyer will pursue the following damages:

Call our tailgating car accident lawyer today for your free case evaluation.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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