Aggressive Driving Accidents and Holding a Party Liable

                By on March 7th, 2018 in Accident News

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We hear about different types of accidents every year in PA, such as those caused by drunk drivers, those driving distracted who can’t seem to put the phone down, and more. But did you know that aggressive driving accidents are happening at alarming rates every year as well? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is any operation of a vehicle that endangers people or property in some way. With well over 6 million vehicle accidents happening every year, the NHTSA believes that aggressive driving contributes to a large amount of them. Here are some examples of aggressive driving on our roads today:

  • Somebody obscenely gesturing to others in traffic
  • Cutting people off in traffic who have the right of way
  • Speeding up to prevent someone from passing
  • Weaving in and out of lanes of traffic
  • Failing to signal actions to others
  • Tailgating, or driving too close to other vehicles
  • Overuse of a vehicle’s horn
  • Blocking a lane

Road rage is what comes after aggressive driving. You may believe that the two go hand in hand, but road rage results from aggressive driving taking a turn to the worst. Some of the ‘symptoms’ of road rage include cursing loudly at others on the roads, throwing objects, ramming somebody’s vehicle, sideswiping, or forcing a driver off the road. As you can probably tell, road rage is where many accidents come into play.

Damages After Aggressive Driving Accidents

aggressive driving accidentsAggressive driving accidents can very easily take a turn for the worse and, as a result, people can end up with lasting injuries. Many people are tempted to argue when somebody has cut them off or some other action that has led to an accident, but this is the last thing you want to do. When somebody has acted with aggressiveness on the roadways, the last thing you want to do is try to handle the accident on your own. You should always call the police to the scene so that they can document everything that has happened and talk a driver down from an aggressive situation. Perhaps a driver’s aggressiveness has made them especially negligent or reckless on the roadways, and this is a contributing factor to why you are injured today. In many cases, aggressive driving even causes some drivers to drive away from the scene, which means that you could very well end up with a hit and run accident on your hands.

If you bring a lawsuit against another driver for their reckless actions and lack of control on the roadways, you have to be able to show that the driver breached a duty to you. Perhaps they became so angry that they sideswiped you in an attempt to get ahead of you, and now you are suffering many damages. You should always speak to the police at the scene of your accident and your attorney in an attempt to minimize the damages that you could suffer later if you fail to retain your rights. Make the intelligent decision of moving forward with the help of an experienced attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson. Call us as soon as possible to get started at 888-208-1810.

Sources

https://www.idrivesafely.com/defensive-driving/trending/7-surprising-signs-aggressive-driving

https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/aggressive-driving/

https://www.justia.com/injury/motor-vehicle-accidents/car-accidents/aggressive-driving-accidents/