How Can Tailgating Lead to Rear-End Collisions in Illinois?

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The number of cars that travel on roadways has been increasing for many years. Everyone has their own destination, and most people like to get there as quickly as possible. However, there should always be enough room between each car in case one driver needs to brake suddenly. Young drivers are taught the three-second rule in driver’s education classes. This rule states that there should be enough space between two cars in the same lane of the road that three seconds will pass before the following car reaches the position held by the car in front. Any motorist who follows closer than that is “tailgating” and thus committing a traffic violation.

Is Tailgating Considered Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving occurs when a person drives his or her vehicle with willful disregard for the safety of other drivers or pedestrians around him or her. One section of the Illinois law regarding reckless driving touches on the subject of following too closely. It says that a driver sharing the road must provide enough room for the cars around him or her to maneuver safely.

Other acts of reckless driving include any of the following:

  • Speeding

  • Racing

  • Swerving

  • Not using headlights and/or indicator lights

  • Running traffic lights or stop signs

  • Not yielding to emergency vehicles

All of the above actions--including tailgating--are violations of the Illinois statute on reckless driving, punishable as a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, drivers face up to one year in prison and $2,500 in fines.

What Happens After a Rear-End Crash?

Though it is typically not the most severe type of auto accident, a rear-end collision can still have serious consequences. The vehicles involved can have major damage done to the front or back of the car depending on the speed the cars were traveling at the time of the crash. Drivers or people riding as passengers can also suffer any of the following injuries:

  • Whiplash

  • Broken bones

  • Back or spine injuries

  • Head or neck injuries

  • Lacerations or bruises

If it is found that the accident happened as a result of tailgating, that driver may be responsible for paying compensation for medical expenses and other damages that occurred. In Illinois, there is no limit to how much compensation a driver may be required to pay.

Contact a St. Charles Reckless Driving Defense Attorney

A driver can make a mistake behind the wheel of a car, which unfortunately can lead to an accident. A car crash can be devastating for all parties involved, and it can result in both financial and medical damages. If you or someone you know is facing charges of reckless driving, hire a lawyer from the Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa. Our experienced attorneys can build a solid defense and help you reach a positive outcome to your case. To schedule a free consultation with an Illinois traffic violation lawyer, call our office today at 630-232-1780.