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Tailgating Accident Lawyer in Kent, WA

  1. Recovering Damages From a Tailgating Accident
  2. How Our Tailgating Lawyer Can Help
  3. Why Is Tailgating Considered Aggressive?
  4. After a Tailgating Accident, Contact Us

Tailgating is the act of following another vehicle too closely. Not only can this be perceived as threatening or aggressive behavior, but it also makes it harder to avoid accidents. If the car in front stops, the car behind has less time to avoid crashing into them.

If you are considering pursuing legal action against a tailgating driver, let our tailgating accident lawyer in Kent, WA, take care of everything. To find out more, get a free case review by calling (206) 588-4344.

Recovering Damages From a Tailgating Accident

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When someone tailgates, they are not just behaving rudely or recklessly, they are also breaking the law. RCW § 46.61.145 prohibits “follow[ing] another vehicle more closely than is reasonable or prudent” given the speed of traffic and the condition of the surrounding environment.

Failure to obey this or other traffic laws puts everyone in danger and can do serious damage. Here are just a few of the damages we can help you seek compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering: the physical and mental distress of experiencing this accident and sustaining such serious injuries
  • Reduced quality of life: chronic pain, loss of independence, or inability to engage in favorite hobbies that come with debilitating injuries
  • Disability: the loss of use of any part of your body due to amputation or removal, nerve damage, pain, broken bones, or brain damage
  • Medical expenses: the cost of acquiring the care and treatment you need to heal from your injuries
  • Loss of income: the money you could not earn during your recuperation (you can sue for loss of earning capacity if this income reduction is permanent)
  • Property damage: the cost of fixing or replacing any personal property that you lost in the crash, particularly a vehicle

These damages may be available to those filing personal injury cases. If you are filing a wrongful death case (in other words, if your loved one did not survive their accident injuries), you could recover the damages listed above if the deceased did not file a legal action on their own behalf.

Wrongful death suits could also entitle you to compensation for loss of companionship, loss of financial support, grief and bereavement, and funeral expenses. Our team can explain what to sue for and determine how much you could recover.

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How Our Tailgating Lawyer Can Help

Herschensohn Law does not want any reckless driver to get away with their actions without paying for the injuries they caused. If you were injured in a Kent, WA, tailgating accident, our lawyer can:

  • Manage your entire case from start to finish
  • Give you the chance to recuperate in peace
  • Lend a supportive, compassionate ear when you need it most

While we tailor our services to each client’s needs, our services often include performing the following tasks:

  • Collecting evidence: Documents like police reports, medical records, and eyewitness statements can solidify your case.
  • Quantifying damages: How much can you receive for damages like pain and suffering, loss of income, and disability? We can determine that and make sure you do not settle for less than you deserve.
  • Filing paperwork: Demand letters, trial exhibits, and other documents must be drafted and submitted in the correct ways. We know how to do that and can take care of it all for our clients.
  • Negotiating a settlement: Sometimes, an insurer is willing to settle the case out of court. We can work with them and with you to get you a fair settlement.
  • Going to court: In cases where negotiations do not work or are not an option, we can arrange to go to trial. There, we would fight hard to convince the jury to award you what you need.
  • Answering questions: Our clients often come to us with concerns about how to handle their case, what to say to others about the accident, and more. We are always happy to help our clients deal with any legal issues.

How much do we charge for our legal services? Up front, nothing. We simply charge what is called a contingency fee, which offers clients the following benefits:

  • They can hire a lawyer without having to pay any attorney’s fees right away.
  • They only pay our attorney’s fees after receiving compensation from the insurance company.
  • They never owe us any attorney’s fees if their case ends without them receiving compensation.
  • They may even have the chance to sue the liable party for attorney’s fees, thus further reducing their own out-of-pocket expenses.
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Why Is Tailgating Considered Aggressive?


The Insurance Information Institute (III) lists “following improperly” as a facet of aggressive driving. It is considered aggressive because it puts other roadway users at risk. Other examples of aggressive driving include:

  • Passing when you do not have the space or the right of way
  • Not yielding the right of way
  • Not using turn signals properly
  • Behaving unpredictably, such as weaving between lanes or suddenly changing speed
  • Driving over the speed limit or too fast for the conditions

A safe following distance depends on how big your vehicle is: the bigger and heavier your vehicle, the longer it takes to stop, and the more room you need between the front of your vehicle and the back of the one in front of you.

Drivers could tailgate for any number of reasons, including impatience, inattention, or frustration with slow drivers. Regardless, it is not acceptable behavior, and you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s poor driving etiquette. Herschensohn Law can fight on your behalf for the compensation you need to recover from such an accident.


“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

After a Tailgating Accident, Contact Us

The tailgating accident lawyer at Herschensohn Law is dedicated to helping those in Kent, WA receive fair compensation. To learn more about what our team can do for you, call (206) 588-4344 for a free case evaluation. You do not have to pay us any attorney’s fees unless we put money in your pocket.

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When you work with our law office, there are no obligations, hidden fees, or fine print. It’s that simple.

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