Tailgating Accidents



Not to be confused with parties held in the parking lots of sports areas, tailgating is when one vehicle follows too closely to another vehicle going the same direction. This is often a symptom of road rage. In Florida, the violation is called “Following Too Closely” and it comes with a $60 fine and 3 points on your license. It includes individual vehicles, Tow/Truck, and Motorcades.


This is very dangerous behavior because it increases the risk of a collision by reducing the amount of reaction time for the second vehicle. Drivers who are being tailgated feel menaced by the other car. There is never a good reason to tailgate another car, even when there is a slow driver in the left-hand “fast lane”. There are many people on the road, and tailgating is the traffic violation that increases the danger to other drivers the most.


Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney Michael E. Seelie, PA has represented people in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities of Orange Park, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Callahan, Palatka, Fernandina Beach, Gainesville, and Lake City in injury cases since 1978.