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Study Indicates that Georgia Drivers Are Among the Worst Tailgaters

Published in Uncategorized on October 1, 2019.

Tailgating means driving too closely behind the vehicle in front of you, and it is dangerous at any speed. In fact, a new study forwarded by WSBTV in Atlanta finds that Georgia’s drivers are among the worst offenders when it comes to this dangerous practice. No matter where you happen to be, however, it’s important to recognize that when drivers tailgate, they make our roadways less safe for everyone who travels on them. If a driver who’s tailgating leaves you injured, an experienced Macon car accident attorney can help.

The Study

The study in question was conducted by a website that generates quotes for car-insurance purchases, and it analyzed tailgating violations across the country. All told, the State of Georgia came in nearly dead last – only one state has it beat. While Georgia cites 45 motorists per 10,000 for tailgating, Idaho cites a whopping 76 motorists per 10,000. By way of comparison, 14 out of every 10,000 motorists – on average – have been cited for tailgating (nationwide). The study was based on data culled from 1.6 million car insurance applications, which incorporated each applicant’s driving history, including whether they’d been ticketed for tailgating in the previous seven years. 

The Statistics

The fact is that rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident going. Further, tailgating obviously leads to rear-end accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports two important related statistics, including that:

  • From 2012 to 2014, nearly half of all accidents involving two cars were rear-end collisions.
  • These rear-end collisions led to more than 1,700 traffic fatalities each year from 2012 to 2014. 

Tailgating, in other words, is not only annoying and nerve-wracking, but is also exceedingly dangerous. 

First the Good News

Georgia didn’t totally bomb in the safety department. The study cited by WSBTV also found that Georgia is number one when it comes to using seatbelts – with 97.1 percent usage-rates. Unfortunately, this good news is followed by more bad news, and that is that Georgia is number 16 when it comes to states with the worst rates of traffic fatalities (Georgia sees nearly 15 traffic-related fatalities per 100,000 people). Georgia is an undeniably beautiful state, but it comes with its own traffic-related ups and downs. We can all help make Georgia safer by always adhering to the rules of the road, which include never tailgating.

If a Tailgating Driver Leaves You Injured, It’s Time to Call an Experienced Macon Car Accident Attorney 

Tailgating is always a terrible idea, and unfortunately, the great State of Georgia sees more than its fair share of this dangerous driving practice. If a tailgater leaves you or someone you love injured in a car accident, the dedicated car accident lawyers at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law in Macon, Georgia, are here to help. Our experienced legal team has the skill, knowledge, and commitment to aggressively advocate for the best possible resolution to your claim. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (478) 746-1468 today.