As spring continues and summer approaches, the number of roadway work zones is likely to increase. Unfortunately, this often directly corresponds to an increase in work-zone car accidents as well. Tailgating is a frequent cause of these accidents. If you or a loved one was injured in a work-zone car accident as a result of another driver’s tailgating, you may have a claim for compensation for your injuries.
Tailgating and Work-Zone Car Accidents
Why are tailgaters potentially liable to other drivers in the event of a work-zone car accident? The following is an overview:
- Vehicles traveling behind you in work zone have an obligation to allow a safe following distance.
- Drivers need to allow for at least 2.5 seconds to react while driving. When traveling through a work zone, it is even more crucial to allow sufficient reaction time. Traffic patterns may shift and there may be lane reductions present.
- Drivers also need to allow for at least one second for every 10 miles per hour of traveling speed. This means that if the cars passing through the work zone are going 55 miles per hour, there needs to be at least eight seconds in order for the rear car to stop in time to avoid a crash.
Unfortunately, the risks associated with work-zone car accidents are not always fully understood by all drivers. When a fatal accident occurs within a work zone, studies have shown that it is more likely for a driver or a passenger to be the one killed than the construction zone worker. Drivers who are unfamiliar with the risks of a work-zone car accident may be more likely to tailgate.
In order to obtain compensation for your injuries after a work zone car accident, it is important to take action quickly. We encourage you to contact us today for more information at 470-819-2263.