Brake Checking: Another Form of Road Rage

Tailgating is a form of aggressive driving, road rage, or occasionally ignorance. Impatience and intimidation are its primary motivating factors. Sometimes the lead driver responds with their own act of aggression: brake checking.

Brake Checking Causes Collisions

Brake checking is the illegal act of braking hard in front of a tailgater to get them to back off. Brake-checking drivers are willing to risk rear-end collisions, the thought being that tailgaters will always be found at fault — a mistaken notion.

Eyewitness accounts of a crash involving brake checking can lead to fault (or partial fault) being assigned to the brake-checking driver. Many vehicles on the roadways are equipped with dash cams, which can help provide clarity. Those with continuous recording capability can also capture the lead-up to an incident.

Rear-end collisions are perilous for occupants of both the brake-checking and tailgating vehicles. Even worse, if the tailgating driver swerves to avoid the brake-checking vehicle, he may collide with another vehicle (or multiple vehicles), potentially causing harm to innocent victims. The brake checker, meanwhile, might disavow his own harmful actions and leave the scene of the accident.

It’s understandable that a driver would be frustrated or angered by a careless tailgater, but brake checking is an equally dangerous response. The best solution is to take a deep breath; avoid “gesturing”; maintain a constant speed; follow all traffic laws; and signal and pull over if possible, to allow the tailgater to pass. Note the make/model of the car and the license plate number and report this information to the authorities.

If you suffer injuries due to another driver’s negligence, contact a personal injury auto accident attorney to protect your rights.

How a Personal Injury Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Help

Although you do not need an attorney to file an insurance claim, it can be helpful to have an attorney do some of the legwork. If you are injured, you should focus on trying to heal. An attorney can help with the following:

  • Communicating with the other driver’s insurer
  • Obtaining the necessary evidence to prove your claim
  • Organizing medical records and bills
  • Ensuring all medical records are in order
  • Negotiating with the insurance company to reach a satisfactory settlement

If an agreement cannot be reached between you and the negligent driver’s insurance company, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages.

Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden has helped countless accident victims, and he can put his experience to work for you. Call his Anchorage office today or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn more.

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