Tailgating, or following too closely, is an unnecessary and generally aggressive behavior which places people unnecessarily at risk for serious injury. It is also downright dangerous. This is because a vehicle that is tailgating reduces to time to react to the lead vehicle's actions and reduces the distance to stop or maneuver to avoid other vehicles. This is especially true when the tailgater is the driver of a large commercial vehicle like a semi tractor trailer, 18 wheeler, or tanker which already require more time to react and more distance to stop. As a result, it is common for tailgating and following too closely to result in serious or fatal New Mexico trucking accidents.