An aggressive tailgater has probably followed you at some point in your life. It can be very frightening when they do. These drivers are often so insistent that you need to drive faster that they get incredibly close to the back bumper of your car to show you that they want you to speed up or get out of the way.
This type of aggressive driving is very dangerous and causes accidents, but not all tailgaters are the same. There are accidental tailgaters, which are oblivious drivers. They don’t know that they’re driving too close to you and don’t initially set out to put your life at risk, but they do.
Why does tailgating happen, and what can you do about it?
Tailgating usually happens because drivers don’t realize they need to maintain a three-second distance between themselves and other motorists. Many inexperienced motorists lack this knowledge. They often think they’ve left enough space between them and the car in front when they haven’t. They often learn their lesson the hard way when they have a crash.
Motorists may also tailgate because they’re distracted. Drivers often have one eye on the road and the other on their phones. They often are watching closely enough to realize that they’ve closed the gap themselves and others. These motorists often eventually notice how close they are to other cars at some point and back off again, but accidents may occur before this happens.
You should treat all tailgaters similarly. You should drive safely, maintain your speed and move out of the way if possible. There’s no reason to take on extra risks while driving. You may also want to learn more about your legal options if you do get hit. Your attorney may advise you of your right to seek compensation for your injuries in your case.