Brake checking is the act of deliberately slamming on one’s brakes to force the vehicle behind to slow down abruptly and is considered a reckless, therefore illegal driving practice in Indiana. This dangerous maneuver poses significant risks on the road and goes against the principles of safe driving. It can also lead to serious road rage incidents, further exacerbating a tense situation between drivers. Indiana’s traffic laws emphasize responsible and non-aggressive behavior behind the wheel to ensure the safety of all drivers.

The illegality of brake checking in Indiana is rooted in the state’s traffic regulations, which prioritize maintaining a safe distance between vehicles. Engaging in brake checking not only jeopardizes the well-being of drivers and passengers, but it also increases the likelihood of rear-end collisions.

Although not specifically mentioned in Indiana law, brake checking falls within the statutes covering reckless driving. Offenders may be subject to criminal charges and if serious injuries or death occur from their actions, more severe penalties may be imposed, including imprisonment.

It is important to note that contrary to popular belief, the last vehicle in a rear-end collision is not always at fault. There are certain circumstances, including brake checking incidents, when the lead vehicle may be held fully or partially at-fault for an accident.

In addition to criminal repercussions, brake checking incidents can also lead to civil liabilities. Drivers who engage in this reckless behavior may be held financially responsible for any damages and/or injuries resulting from their actions. This reinforces the importance of adhering to traffic laws and exercising prudence on the road, ensuring a safer driving experience for everyone.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a rear-end collision involving a brake checking incident, contact our office to discuss your legal options. We have over a century of combined experience fighting for our clients in any number of personal injury claims. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.

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