What Is Aggressive Driving?

Aggressive driving has been a problem almost since cars were invented. It has been a problem for decades and can take many different forms. The reasons behind aggressive driving may vary from one driver to the next but the behaviors are common. Some of the types of aggressive driving include the following:

  • Speeding – Many people have driven over the speed limit at one time or another but aggressive drivers do it on a regular basis.
  • Tailgating – Following too closely behind the car ahead is a classic aggressive driving move perhaps as a way to pressure them to drive faster. Whatever the reason may be, it is dangerous because the aggressive driver will not have time to react if the driver ahead has to suddenly stop or slow down.
  • Frequent Lane Changes – Some drivers will try to get ahead by frequently and aggressively changing lanes. This can give the drivers around them very little time to react to the aggressive driver’s behavior.
  • Disregard For Traffic Signals – This can mean ignoring traffic lights, stop signs, and other traffic signals. This is extremely dangerous because the aggressive driver is likely to collide with those who are paying attention to those signals.

There are other kinds of aggressive driving but these are the most common. Aggressive driving can escalate all the way into road rage which is when the driver goes from being merely aggressive to outright hostile. When that happens the aggressive driver may try to confront others on the road, which can lead to violence.

The Effects of Aggressive Driving 

All forms of aggressive driving are dangerous because they increase the risk that the driver will lose control of their vehicle. Furthermore, they reduce the reaction times for everyone on the road, including the aggressive driver. Speeding is the most common kind of aggressive driving and is responsible for the majority of aggressive driving accidents; in 2018 speeding was the cause of nearly 10,000 traffic fatalities. Other kinds of aggressive driving cause fatal accidents as well. The following incidents and the number of fatal aggressive driving accidents they caused were recorded by the National Highway Traffic Association (NHTSA) in 2017:

  • Failure to Yield The Right of Way – 3,711 deaths
  • Operating Their Vehicle in a Careless Manner – 2,961 deaths
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Signals – 2,095 deaths
  • Driving in a Reckless, Erratic, or Negligent Way – 1,996 deaths

You can see that aggressive driving results in thousands of deaths per year, which means that an overly and consistently aggressive driver is likely to cause a fatal accident. That is why it is vital that you contact the Pendergrass Law Firm as soon as possible if you or a loved one was involved in an aggressive driving accident.

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How To Prove An Aggressive Driving Accident

Since there are so many different kinds of aggressive driving accidents, different methods need to be used to prove each kind. In most cases, a close examination of the accident scene can yield results. An experienced detective can examine things like skid marks or the extent of the damage to each car to estimate how fast a car was traveling before the accident. Witness testimony is always useful since it is highly likely that other drivers and pedestrians will notice when someone is driving aggressively. 

Surveillance and traffic cameras are everywhere and their footage can show how and when someone was driving aggressively. If the driver was in a late-model vehicle, then there is a chance that it has a record of the driver’s activity. You will need the help of an experienced aggressive driving accident attorney to help you gather the necessary evidence so that you can make your case. That is why you need to contact us at the Pendergrass Law Firm if you were in an aggressive driving accident. We can help you to get the evidence that proves that the aggressive driving of the defendant was the cause of the accident.

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The Pendergrass Law Firm Will Help You With Your Aggressive Driving Accident Claim

When someone endangers the lives of their fellow drivers, as well as pedestrians, they need to be taken to task. At the Pendergrass Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing residents of Gwinnett County who have been the victims of aggressive driving accidents. We know how to gather the necessary evidence that proves that the aggressive driver was at fault. We can use that evidence to help you get the compensation that you need to take care of accident-related expenses as well as other things like the pain and suffering caused by the accident. So contact the Pendergrass Law Firm if you have been in an aggressive driving accident; we will fight for your right to get the settlement claim that you deserve.

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