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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) reported that 5 percent of truck crashes occurred when the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver was following the lead vehicle too closely. As FMCSA noted, proper following distance allows for a truck to have enough stopping time, more time to make good, well-planned decisions, and also affords other drivers the opportunity to scan the sides, look far enough ahead, and view the vehicle immediately in front.

California Vehicle Code § 21703 provides that a driver cannot follow another vehicle more closely than is “reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” A violation of this law is known as tailgating, and an offense can result not only in a traffic ticket, but also a traffic accident.

California Tailgating Truck Accident Lawyer

If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident caused by tailgating in California, do not underestimate the importance of having legal representation. Insurance companies know how to exploit people attempting to handle their own claims, and you will want to be sure that you are able to recover everything you are entitled to.

The May Firm can be contacted 24 hour a day, seven days a week. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online right now to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Truck Accidents Caused by Tailgating

When a commercial truck is tailgating another driver, it can be extremely stressful to have a vehicle of that size in the rear-view mirror. Commercial trucks following too closely can be much more likely to be involved in rear-end accidents when the vehicle they are trailing stops suddenly.

Other kinds of accidents caused by tailgating include, but are not limited to:

  • Jackknife Accidents
  • Head-On Collisions
  • T-Bone Collisions
  • Wide-Turning Accidents
  • Underride Accidents
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Override Accidents
  • Blocking Accidents
  • Intersection Accidents

Tailgating can be more difficult to prove, so you should always look for other people at the crash scene who might have seen the truck driver’s tailgating. These individuals could be potential witnesses in your case, and you will want to secure some kind of contact information from them.

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Types of Tailgating Truck Accident Injuries

Rear-end accidents frequently leave people with whiplash, but the force of a commercial truck that was tailgating is much more likely to cause far more severe injuries. Some people can be killed in these crashes.

When a person dies because of their injuries in a tailgating truck accident, the family can file a wrongful death action. People who survive their injuries may still face a number of challenges, from continuing medical care to an inability to return to work.

Injuries stemming from tailgating truck accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Burn injuries
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Sprains

The insurance company for the truck driver or trucking company will know that tailgating might make them liable and will attempt to close the case as quickly as they can. One way this is accomplished is by offering people lump sum settlements before they have even had the chance to contact a lawyer.

You need to know that any initial settlement offer is likely to be far less than what you are actually entitled to. Do not accept any offer without having it reviewed by legal counsel who might be able to negotiate a full and fair settlement, or file a lawsuit when the insurer does not extend a satisfactory offer.

Contact a Tailgating Truck Accident Attorney in California

Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident in California caused by tailgating? You want and deserve justice, and the May Firm will help you get it.

Our firm will work tirelessly to make sure that you receive full and fair compensation for all of your past, present, and future expenses. We can help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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