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Texas Tailgating Accident Lawyer

Tailgating drivers on Texas roadways put innocent drivers and passengers at risk of serious injury or death. One example of negligent driving is tailgating, which occurs when a driver follows another vehicle too closely. If the car in front suddenly needs to stop, the tailgater could collide with the other vehicle, potentially causing severe injuries. 

Fielding Law has seen many motor vehicle accidents caused by tailgating leave victims with substantial medical debt, lost income, and pain and suffering. We believe that aggressive and negligent drivers should be held responsible for their actions. How?

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a rear-end collision or other accident caused by a tailgating driver, the personal injury lawyers at Fielding Law are here to help. A Texas tailgating accident attorney with our firm can answer your legal questions and determine whether you have a solid claim to compensation. 

Our compassionate legal team offers free case evaluations, where we allow each potential client to explain the cause of the accident and the effects it has had. Call us or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule your free case review today. 

Texas Tailgating Law

According to the following distance Texas transportation code 545.062, “An operator, shall, if following another vehicle, maintain an assured clear distance between the two vehicles so that, considering the speed of the vehicles, traffic, and conditions of the highway, the operator can safely stop without colliding with the preceding vehicle or veering into another vehicle, object, or person on or near the highway.”

In other words, tailgating is a traffic offense taken seriously in Texas. In fact, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and give you a ticket for following too closely. 

How do you know the safe distance between cars? The Texas driver’s handbook recommends that you maintain a following distance of 2 seconds when driving at a speed of 30 mph or less in good road conditions. The following distance should be increased to 4 seconds when driving at a higher speed. When driving in poor road or weather conditions, a driver may need to allow for an even greater space cushion between vehicles. 

Injuries Suffered in Texas Tailgating and Rear-End Collision Accidents

Rear-end collisions are quite common, accounting for 29 percent of motor vehicle accidents. While some of these auto accidents are minor, others leave victims suffering from life-altering injuries. 

The following are some of the injuries our law firm has helped victims of car accidents recover financial compensation for:

The majority of rear-end collision claims are settled out of court. The motor vehicle accident attorneys at Fielding Law are skilled negotiators. We can recognize a good settlement offer for what it is, based on the types of injuries you have suffered and your prognosis. 

In case a reasonable settlement agreement cannot be reached, our car accident lawyers stand trial-ready. We’re prepared to take your case to court if that is what’s needed to win you just and fair compensation. 

How a Tailgating Car Accident Attorney Can Help After a Rear-end Collision

An essential step in making any motor vehicle accident claim is establishing who was at fault. Motor vehicle collisions may involve multiple at-fault parties that share varying degrees of negligence. In Texas, if you are found partially liable for an auto accident, your damages may be reduced. 

On top of that, if the insurance company of the tailgating driver suspects they are going to have to pay out a lot of money in compensatory damages, they may take measures to minimize their losses. The company might pressure you into accepting a settlement offer that is far less than what your claim is truly worth. They may even have their own legal defense team come up against you. 

Clearly, you need to have your own personal injury attorneys on your side representing your best interests. So why not avail Fielding Law of our affordable legal services?

When we take on your case, you owe us nothing unless we get you your money by:

  • Investigating the accident
  • Assessing damages
  • Securing eye-witness testimony
  • Collecting photos, CCTV footage, police reports, and other evidence
  • Establishing negligence
  • Filing all necessary paperwork
  • Negotiating with lawyers and insurance companies
  • Hiring accident reconstructionists and other experts
  • Presenting your case in court if necessary

Our law firm has decades of experience in handling cases involving Texas car accidents. Over the years, we have refined our skills and expanded our knowledge. We know what is needed to safeguard your interests and recover compensation. 

Texas Tailgating Accidents Involving Semis and Other Large Trucks

Some of the most severe rear-end collisions involved semis, 18-wheelers, and other large trucks. While a standard-size vehicle typically weighs between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds, a fully loaded semi will usually weigh up to 80,000 pounds in Utah. Considering the size and weight of these massive vehicles, it’s easy to see why a collision involving them could be catastrophic.

Commercial truck drivers usually have a limited amount of time to deliver the load they’re hauling, and the faster they work, the more money they make. Unfortunately, this makes truck drivers likely to speed, tailgate, and drive recklessly in other ways. 

If your rear-end collision and injuries were caused by a negligent truck driver, the lawyers at Fielding Law are here to help. We can identify all liable parties involved and fight to hold each accountable for their actions. Schedule a free case consultation with us today to get started. 

Recoverable Compensation After Rear-end Collisions

Victims of tailgating drivers may be left with a variety of injuries, both physical and emotional. An auto accident lawyer from our law firm can calculate the monetary value of your claim and pursue damages on your behalf. 

Recoverable damages for car accidents may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and loss of future earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Pain and suffering

If a rear-end collision resulted in you tragically losing a loved one in death, our attorneys may be able to help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. You may be eligible to receive compensation for funeral costs, medical bills, burial expenses, and other wrongful death damages. 

Contact a Texas Tailgating Car Accident Lawyer Today

Every motorist in Texas has a responsibility to drive safely and abide by the rules of the road. If a tailgating driver caused you harm, then that person should be held financially liable for any losses you suffered as a result of the collision. A personal injury attorney can help you take the steps needed to recover the compensation you deserve. 

Don’t wait until it is too late to recover compensation for your losses – contact us today. At Fielding Law, we take car accident cases on contingency, which means you don’t pay any upfront costs. We only get paid if your case is successful and when you’re awarded that settlement. 

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a tailgating driver, contact us to schedule your initial free consultation with a member of our legal team. We can meet you at a time and location convenient for you. Call our law firm 24/7, start a live chat with a representative, or fill out the online evaluation form to set up an appointment.

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