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Dealing with the Consequences of Tailgating

Car accidents of any kind can have devastating effects for those involved, including physical and emotional turmoil. However, these accidents can be made even worse when a commercial truck is involved due to their immense size and weight. Many other drivers on the road rightfully expect 18-wheeler drivers to take extra caution when operating such large vehicles, but this is, unfortunately, not always the case. One of the most common reasons for these dangerous accidents is aggressive driving on behalf of the truck driver, including tailgating.

Due to the size and weight of commercial trucks, it can be difficult for drivers to maintain a certain amount of space between their vehicle and other cars in front of them. A well-trained and attentive truck driver will ensure that this gap is large enough to prevent a collision should the leading vehicle need to stop suddenly. When inattentive truck drivers tailgate other vehicles, resulting rear-end collisions can be especially devastating.

Dangers of Tailgating

Tailgating is a careless and dangerous act committed by many truck drivers that can cause serious injuries and, in the worst cases, death. Potential dangers of truck driver tailgating include:

  • Truck is not able to break soon enough to avoid accident
  • Truck is unable to see obstructions in road, causing sudden swerving to avoid them
  • Truck driver attention is too focused on car in front of them, causing other traffic incidents to take them by surprise

Accidents involving 18-wheelers are especially dangerous to other drivers on the road, and they can leave the victim dealing with extensive medical bills. In many cases, these truck drivers can be held responsible for the accidents they cause, allowing you to recover compensation for your expenses and suffering. However, these cases can be tricky to take on alone, making the help of an attorney an essential asset in pursuing your claim.

Contact a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been the victim of a truck driver tailgating accident, the legal team at Williams Hart is ready to help you receive the assistance you need. You can contact us by filling out the “Share Your Story” form at the top of the page or by calling us at (800) 220-9341 today.