Raleigh Chain Reaction Collisions Lawyer


Getting hit from behind and pushed into another vehicle, also called a chain reaction collision, is a common occurrence in Raleigh, as well as throughout North Carolina. Often times, these accidents occur during heavy traffic conditions where tailgating is commonplace. Tailgating, or riding too near the “tail” end of the vehicle in front of you, results in less time to react to traffic conditions and can result in a chain reaction collision.


The Raleigh car wreck lawyers at Auger & Auger are committed to assisting the victims of car accidents recover damages including money damages for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Crash Without Warning

In certain accidents, a driver may be forewarned of an impending collision and might even be in a situation where evasive action can be taken to avoid or lessen an impact. In a tailgating or chain-reaction collision, the victims are usually unaware of the imminent collision.

Chain reaction collisions on a highway can be particularly severe. Vehicles typically travel at or above posted speed limits. Any number of reasons can cause a driver to slow his vehicle, and when the driver behind him is distracted and fails to reduce his speed, a chain reaction collision can occur. A tailgating collision involving a truck puts the victims at high risk of serious injury or death, regardless of whether hit from behind and pushed into another vehicle, or hitting a truck and resulting in an underride, or going under the truck, collision.

Avoiding A Chain Reaction Collision

While you can’t prevent another driver from hitting you from behind, there are steps you can take to lessen your chances of being pushed into another vehicle in a chain reaction fashion in the event you are hit from behind.

  • Keep A Safe Distance. The general consensus is to maintain a distance of 10 feet for very 10 miles per hour you are traveling. North Carolina law requires that drivers consider existing traffic and speed, and to maintain a distance that is “reasonable and prudent” under the existing conditions.
  • Slow Down During Bad Weather. During inclement weather, increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Maintain Your Tires. Underinflated tires, or worn out tire treat will not provide good traction on wet roads.

Raleigh Injury Attorneys Can Help

If you or a family member has been involved in a tailgating or chain reaction collision, the North Carolina car accident lawyers at Auger & Auger can help. Normally, the rear driver is considered at fault for tailgating and chain reaction accidents. With more than 40 years combined legal experience in exclusively dealing with personal injury cases, Auger & Auger Accident and Injury Lawyers has recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Let our experience work for you.

When you contact us you will receive a free and confidential consultation. If you are unable to come to one of our conveniently located offices, we can come to you.