Sharing the road with an aggressive driver can be a scary experience. Aggressive driving covers behaviors like speeding, swerving to intimidate other drivers, “brake checking,” and more — many of which we will discuss below. If you have been in an accident that an aggressive driver caused, you may be entitled to more compensation than what their insurance company is willing to offer. The process of dealing directly with an insurer without legal representation could be exceptionally frustrating, especially with the knowledge that you would not have been in an accident if their client had simply driven like a responsible and caring individual.
Working with a personal injury lawyer is one of the best ways to navigate a claims process and increasing your chances of a fair settlement or award. When an insurance adjuster is working directly with a claimant, they know that they will be able to leverage their inexperience with claims and tort law to settle quickly and cheaply, with little regard for the actual impacts that the victim must suffer as a result of someone else’s dangerous behavior. Your personal injury attorney will take the time to build a comprehensive case and negotiate aggressively to get you the money you deserve.
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Examples of Aggressive Driving
The following examples are just a few of the many aggressive driving behaviors people can exhibit on the roads. Some are more common than others, but each puts everyone at risk of an accident. Whether or not the aggressive driving that led to your accident is listed below, contact us now to be connected with an attorney as soon as possible.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed 9,378 people in 2018 and contributed to 26% of all fatal car accidents in the US. Speed limits account for many factors: traffic density, blind drives, crosswalks, road shape, obstacles, and more. When a driver ignores this limit, they are putting everyone at an increased risk of a crash.
“Brake checking” another driver is when the lead car unexpectedly slams on their brakes to intimidate or frustrate the rear driver. Sometimes, people may respond to a tailgater, but it can also be done as an aggressive maneuver for several other reasons. Whatever the reason, this is a dangerous behavior that should be avoided.
Failure to Signal
Failing to signal may not always be seen as an aggressive act, but drivers may do it to intimidate others. Regardless of why someone fails to signal a turn, it’s a careless and reckless act that often leads to a collision. In addition, failure to signal is hazardous for motorcyclists who are constantly looking for drivers who may not notice them in their blind spots.
Weaving Through Lanes
Weaving in and out of traffic in an attempt to get ahead of gridlock is dangerous for many reasons, and each may be considered aggressive driving. If you are involved in an accident with someone who was weaving in and out of lanes, eyewitness accounts confirming this behavior can be beneficial as you try to build your case and prove fault.
Tailgating someone is intimidating and distracting to the lead driver, and their rear-view mirror is almost entirely taken up by another vehicle riding dangerously close behind. The tailgating driver is at a significantly increased risk of rear-ending the lead vehicle if they brake or stop unexpectedly and may cause the lead driver to cause another accident while distracted by this aggressive behavior behind them.
Cutting Other Drivers Off
Cutting another driver off can be scary for that driver and may cause them to hit their brakes and cause a secondary accident. When a driver makes the conscious decision to cut someone off, it sends a clear signal that they are willing to put others at risk to prove a point and may indicate that they will increase their aggression if further provoked. Avoid responding to this behavior, as it may lead to road rage and a much more dangerous situation.