For Over 30 Years

Aggressive Personal Injury
Legal Representation

blog home Auto Accidents What if Someone Crashes into You Because They Were Tailgating You?

What if Someone Crashes into You Because They Were Tailgating You?

By Grant Law Office on November 20, 2022

two wrecked toy cars sitting on cash

Tailgating is the act of following another vehicle too closely. It is considered to be a dangerous driving behavior because it increases the risk of a rear-end collision. Rear-end collisions can be devastating, especially at high speeds. Tailgating is also a major contributor to traffic congestion, as it reduces the amount of space between vehicles and makes it difficult for other drivers to change lanes.

In the state of Georgia, it is against the law to follow another vehicle too closely. Tailgating drivers could receive a ticket for reckless driving or other serious moving violations.

Georgia’s Rules and Guidelines

According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) §40-6-49, “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”

No clear measurement unit is used to make this decision, as each situation is different. Therefore, the decision of what is “reasonable and prudent” is left up to the jury.

If you’re involved in a rear-end collision, it’s possible that the tailgater caused the accident. There are several ways to determine whether a tailgating driver caused your accident. One way is to look at the damage to your vehicle. If the damage is concentrated on your vehicle’s rear, the tailgating driver likely caused the accident. Another way to tell is to look at the skid marks on the road. If the skid marks begin abruptly and end abruptly, the tailgating driver likely causes the accident. Finally, you can ask witnesses if they saw the tailgating driver before the accident. If they did, they could provide valuable information about what happened.

Tailgating Accidents

Tailgating accidents are most likely to occur in areas with a lot of foot traffic, such as near stadiums, sporting events, concerts, festivals, or arenas. However, they can also occur in other areas where cars are closely spaced, such as parking lots or crowded streets. Tailgating accidents can be caused by various factors, including driver error, mechanical failure, and weather conditions.

Rear-end collisions are prevalent in situations where tailgating is a factor, and these types of accidents can often lead to severe injuries for those involved. Whiplash, concussions, and other neck and back injuries are common in rear-end collisions, and they can have devastating long-term effects on a person’s health.

Whiplash is a common injury during tailgating and can lead to long-term, severe complications. Whiplash can occur when the head is suddenly jerked forward or backward, and it can cause pain, stiffness, and loss of range of motion in the neck. In some cases, whiplash can also lead to headaches, dizziness, and problems with memory and concentration. If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, you must see a doctor immediately. Untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic pain and disability.

Hire a Lawyer After a Tailgating Accident

If you are involved in a tailgating accident, you should hire an Atlanta car crash lawyer to help you with your case. Tailgating accidents are often severe, and you will need an experienced lawyer to help you navigate the legal process. The attorneys at the Grant Law Office can help you recover damages from the other driver and can also help you file a claim with your insurance company.

If you’ve been in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle damage. Our lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Schedule an appointment today by calling (404) 995-3955.

Related Articles:

Posted in: Auto Accidents

Contact us today for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.

We require no legal retainer or upfront fees,
and you pay nothing unless we prevail.

Phone: (404) 995-3955

Our Results

Wrongful Death Day Care Case

View More

Firm News

Susan G. Komen standing next to a tent

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

Kim Grant participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, walking over 60 miles over three days and raising ...

Habitat for Humanity Employee

Habitat for Humanity

Kim and Wayne Grant have worked on two Habitat for Humanity Houses and look forward to working on more ...

Baby in Child seat

Grady Hospital Volunteer Work

Kim Grant has donated volunteer hours in Atlanta, including rocking babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Grady ...

Read more news

Our Blog


Determining the Fault of an Elevator or Escalator Accident

Elevator and escalator accidents can be devastating, causing severe injuries that can result in life-long consequences. To ensure…


What Are the Damages in Georgia Wrongful Death Cases?

Losing a loved one is an immensely painful experience that can cause unimaginable grief and emotional distress. In…


How Drivers Should Adjust Their Driving During Bad Weather

Georgia’s unpredictable weather can turn a routine commute into a hazardous journey. As a result, it is crucial…

Read more news
Grant Law Office

Grant Law Office Disclaimer: The legal information offered herein by Grant Law Office, is not formal legal advice, nor is it the formation of an attorney client relationship. In order for our firm to be considered your attorney there must be a signed agreement between the client and the firm. Any results set forth herein are based solely upon the circumstances of that particular case and offer no promise or guarantee on the outcome of any other case. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation.

© 2023 Grant Law Office - All rights reserved.

Photos by Carroll Morgan - Buckhead On-Site Photography | Website Design and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS Consulting SLS ButterflyScholarship
*Wayne Grant has been practicing law since 1979. Grant Law Office was founded in 2000.