Tailgating is the act of following another car too closely and has been known to lead to rear-end car accidents. These accidents tend to happen because the moment the car in front hits the brakes, the car in the back has hardly any space to brake in time before hitting the car in front of them. Rear-end car accidents have been known to lead to injuries that can result in expensive medical bills and permanent impairments.
Talk to an Oklahoma car accident lawyer if you suffered any of these injuries from a negligent driver. You may be entitled to compensation.
Common Injuries from Tailgating
Some of the most common injuries from tailgating are whiplash, spine fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and back strains. Severe injuries like chronic whiplash pain, spinal cord damage, and serious traumatic brain injuries can lead to long-term impairments in daily functioning.
Whiplash happens because the nerves, muscles, and other tissues in the neck become damaged upon violent movements. When a car hits another car, the car in front takes the brunt of the impact, which can abruptly force a driver’s head and neck back. This force can be enough to tear tissues in the neck.
Treatments for whiplash vary depending on the severity of the damage. Some people are able to recover with rest, but others may have to use prescription pain killers or muscle relaxers to numb the pain. In unfortunate cases, some people develop chronic whiplash pain, a disorder in which the pain lasts years. Long-term pain like this can start causing problems in concentration, mood, memory, and sleep. This can make holding a job and continuing a social life difficult.
What to do If You Are Tailgated
To understand what to do in a situation in which you are being tailgated, it is helpful to understand the reasons why some people choose to tailgate others. Many tailgaters are aggressive drivers, but others may be in a hurry. Some are ignorant of the inherent risks of tailgating. There are also drivers who feel confident enough to take risks like tailgating and some of them may not realize the dangers of this driving behavior.
There are a few things you can do to handle these various tailgaters. The first thing you can do is pull off to the side or shift yourself into the other lane until they pass you. A driver cannot tailgate you once they move past you and they will probably appreciate the offer. However, if pulling to the side is difficult in your situation, the best thing to do is maintain your speed and flash your brakes a few times when you are about to slow down or stop. This alerts the driver behind you to slow down.
Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney
You may not have to pay for all those expensive medical bills and vehicle damages if you suspect the other driver was at fault. Drivers who tailgate are almost always at fault for the accident. Call the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 to talk to an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. We offer our clients free consultation for car accidents and nursing home abuse.