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CarsBrake checking is when a driver applies their brakes in front of another vehicle to get them to slow down or prevent that driver from tailgating. It goes without saying that it is unsafe to tailgate another driver. However, it is just as dangerous to brake check a tailgating vehicle. Depending on the circumstances, the brake-checking driver, the tailgating driver, and other motorists may be seriously injured if something goes wrong. This article will discuss what brake checking is, what kind of damages can result from brake checking, and what to do if you have been involved in a brake checking accident.

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The damages one may suffer can be significant depending on the particular accident. Even the most minor accidents can result in high costs, which can devastate you, your family, and your loved ones. After an accident like this, it may be challenging to know where to turn and who to trust to help you recover the compensation that you need. In these cases, it is vital to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you gather the necessary information and present a robust case. Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates understands what is at stake in your auto accident case and are ready to represent you. To learn more or schedule your complimentary case consultation, call 888-848-5084 or visit our website today.

Brake Checking

As described above, brake checking occurs when one driver applies their brakes in front of another vehicle, usually to alarm the tailgating driver behind them. Tailgating occurs when one vehicle is driving too closely behind the car in front of them. In normal circumstances, tailgating is simply an annoying driving practice. However, driving too closely behind a vehicle in front of you can have disastrous consequences in other circumstances. For example, if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly for any reason, you may not have sufficient time to apply the brakes and avoid colliding with them. This is why you must keep enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to prevent collisions more effectively.

However, brake checking is not an effective way to discourage tailgating. If the vehicle behind you is driving too closely, brake checking may increase the chances that they will not have sufficient time to slow down or stop to avoid a collision. As a result, you and the other driver may get in an accident, which can end in high costs and physical injuries to both parties, depending on the severity of the incident.

Brake checking becomes even more dangerous during a road rage episode. Road rage occurs when one driver is angry or aggravated, causing them to engage in unsafe driving practices which put themselves and the drivers around them in danger. For example, suppose you encounter a road-raging driver attempting to brake check you or another driver near you. In that case, you must not engage or antagonize this driver as their behavior may become more erratic and dangerous, potentially resulting in more harm to you and those around you on the road. 

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If you have been in an auto accident in California, it is essential that you act quickly to ensure that you receive the compensation and assistance that you need. We at Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates can help you gather the evidence and information necessary to build your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more or schedule your initial case consultation, visit our website or call 888-848-5084 today.