What are the biggest dangers on Atlanta highways? Drunk driving? Speeding? Drivers who text? You might be surprised to learn that tailgating is the most common cause of Atlanta traffic accidents.
What is tailgating?

Tailgating, or following too closely, increases the likelihood of a collision for the driver and everyone else on the road.  Maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you is important.  If you are too close and the vehicle stops suddenly or slows down due to a change in traffic, you may not have time to stop and you will rear-end the vehicle. This is especially a problem if the tailgating driver is also distracted. If the traffic is heavy, tailgating can lead a chain reaction car crash involving several vehicles. 
Tailgating also makes it difficult to see road hazards in front of you.  If there is a large pothole or a deer in the road, you may not have time to react.
Why tailgate?
There is no reason to tailgate.  Tailgating will not help you reach your destination faster, it willnot encourage the driver in front of you to speed up, and it is against the law.
How can I avoid tailgating? 
One good rule is to leave one car length between you and the car in front of you for every ten miles you are driving. For example, if you are traveling 60 miles per hour on I-75, leave about six car lengths between you and the next vehicle.  If the vehicle is an 18-wheeler, leave even more space.  Semi-trucks are heavy and need more time and space to stop. You also need additional space if the weather is bad and the roads are wet or icy. 
Injured by a tailgating driver?
Following too closely is considered an aggressive driving behavior. If you are injured in an Atlanta tailgating accident, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault driver.  An Atlanta car crash attorney can help.  Contact Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 to learn more or to make an appointment to discuss your claim.  The initial consultation is free.
Learn more about protecting your Georgia car accident claim; download a free copy of Atlanta car crash attorney Shane Smith's book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.

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