What are tailgating accidents? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Tailgating accidents occur when one car is traveling too close to the vehicle that is in front of them. When a driver fails to keep a safe distance, the result is often a rear-end crash. The faster the vehicle in the rear is going, the harder the impact and the more serious the injuries.

While the majority of tailgating accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the driver in the rear vehicle, there are situations where the driver in front acted negligently or recklessly, causing the crash. Weather conditions can also cause a tailgating crash.