Car accidents continue to be a major problem on Arizona highways. Various reasons exist for these accidents, including ignoring traffic signals, driving distracted, driving while talking or texting on a cell phone and driving under the influence or while intoxicated. Arizona has stringent laws against distracted driving and violation of traffic laws is generally not tolerated.
Recently, four people were injured in a multi-car accident on an Arizona interstate. While a detailed accident investigation is still underway, authorities stated that they suspect that one car crashed into the back of another car, setting off a chain of events that caused a rollover car accident. Emergency workers found two of the four victims in critical condition and they were immediately taken to a local hospital. Authorities also added that they suspect tailgating as the main cause of the accident. Safe drivers always maintain the two-second rule to avoid tailgating.
Tailgating generally refers to driving too close behind the vehicle directly in front of your car. In most cases, being two seconds traveling distance behind the car immediately ahead is a safe and recommended driving practice to avoid car accidents. Some authorities describe tailgating as a form of aggressive driving where a driver is too impatient to keep a safe distance behind another car on a busy road.
A victim of a car accident may suffer serious injuries due to tailgating. Head injuries and spinal cord injuries are two of the most common injuries suffered by car accident victims. These kinds of injuries may lead to temporary or permanent disability. Legal professionals may help an injured victim or the family of a deceased victim to recover compensation in the form of punitive damages from an offender. Furthermore, a victim may also recover damages from the insurance company.
Source: KTVK, “5-car pileup on I-10 injures several; tailgating likely cause,” Catherine Holland, Aug. 27, 2014