Speeding and Tailgating

Speeding drivers and tailgaters cause serious collisions on Texas roadways. Speeding and tailgating are both a variety of aggressive drivers. These types of drivers cause car accident injuries every day in Texas. If you were injured by one of these aggressive drivers you likely are eligible to receive compensation for your injury. You need to speak with a Dallas car accident lawyer to discuss your rights.

Even with fewer drivers on the road due to the pandemic in 2020 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed there has been a 12% increase in traffic fatalities over the same period of time in 2019. Speeding and unsafe driving such as tailgating are major factors in that increase.

Tailgating:

Tailgating is another form of aggressive driving. Tailgating drivers cause many auto accidents in Texas. We all have seen it. We are driving on the highway and some driver pulls up behind us so close that all you can see of the vehicle behind you is the windshield of the car, or the grill or bumper of a large truck. If traffic ahead of you stops suddenly you know this person is going to hit you. When tailgaters cause collisions they often do serious damage to those they hit, often causing multiple vehicle auto accidents and serious injuries.

Tailgating is covered in the Texas Transportation Code Section 545.062 under Following Distance. A driver must keep a clear distance between vehicles considering speed, traffic and conditions of the roadway so they can stop without colliding with the vehicle in front of it or without need to veer off to the side into another vehicle, person or object.

If you have been injured by someone who was tailgating you are likely entitled to compensation for your injury. You need to talk to a car accident injury lawyer regarding what happened and what your rights are in your case.

The Law Office of Doug Goyen has helped injured victims of tailgating vehicles recover for their injuries since 1997. Our clients are our first priority. Contact us today regarding your case.

Speeding:

Speeding is a form of aggressive driving that is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. Most people drive a little over the speed limit almost by habit. Problems occur when people speed excessively, or when they are speeding in conditions that are unsafe.

Speeding drivers cause many serious car accidents with injuries due to the severity of the impact of a speeding vehicle. If a driver is speeding then they are driving faster than what experts have determined is a safe speed limit for the particular roadway they are on. Speeding on a roadway causes a driver to be unable to react in time, lose control of their vehicle, or can cause other drivers to pull out in front of the speeding vehicle because the other driver could not see or properly judge the speed of the speeding vehicle as it comes around a curve, or passes a slower vehicle.

Texas Transportation Code Section 545.351 prohibits driving at a speed that is greater than what is reasonably prudent under the circumstances and conditions. Section 545.352 goes on to say that traveling over the speed limit is “prima facie” evidence that the driver was no being reasonable or prudent in their driving.  

Typically, because a speeding vehicle causes a more severe impact there are injuries involved. Often those injuries can be serious or permanent. 

HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER IF INJURED BY A SPEEDING OR TAILGATING DRIVER

Any person suffering a serious or permanent injury due to a speeding driver needs to hire a car accident injury lawyer to help them with their case. If you have been injured by someone who was speeding you are likely entitled to compensation for your injury. You need to talk to a car accident injury lawyer regarding what happened and what your rights are in your case.

The Law Office of Doug Goyen has helped injured victims of speeding and tailgating vehicles recover for their injuries since 1997. Our clients are our first priority. Contact us today regarding your case. Call us at (972) 599 4100, or contact us on our website contact form