Injuries Caused by Aggressive Drivers
Aggressive Driver Accident
We have all seen drivers that are angry over small things and engaging in extremely dangerous and aggressive driving. Many of these aggressive driving actions cause car accidents in which people are seriously injured. Many highway crashes each year are a result of the effects created when a driver engages in aggressive driving tactics. These tactics involve several different behaviors including erratic lane changing, sudden changes in speed, and excessive speeding.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) defines aggressive driving as occurring when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” A personal injury attorney at Sessions & Fleischman can help you maximize your recovery from an aggressive driving car accident.
What type of driving behaviors are classified as aggressive driving?
The following types of aggressive driving behaviors are what we typically see in aggressive driving accidents. It may be a single type of driving behavior or multiple acts that constitute aggressive driving in a case.
- Road rage,
- Excessively changing lanes / weaving,
- Cutting other drivers off / unsafe lane changes,
- Running red lights,
- Excessively exceeding the speed limit,
- Improper turns,
- Threatening other drivers with weapons,
- Verbal or visual insults and threats,
- Obnoxious use of the horn, and
- Multiple other aggressive and threatening actions.
NHTSA provides guidance on the types of behaviors that may constitute aggressive driving.
How is aggressive driving defined under Georgia law?
Aggressive driving looks a lot like reckless driving when we see it on our roads. However, there is an aspect of aggressive driving that is intentional:
(a) A person commits the offense of aggressive driving when he or she operates any motor vehicle with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person, including without limitation violating Code Section 40-6-42, 40-6-48, 40-6-49, 40-6-123, 40-6-184, 40-6-312, or 40-6-390 with such intent.
(b) Any person convicted of aggressive driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
O.C.G.A. 40-6-397 makes aggressive driving a crime, but this is also an important consideration in your accident case.
How Does Aggressive Driving Play a Role in Your Car Accident Case?
The other driver engaging in aggressive driving and causing an accident with injuries can play an important role in your case. First, most car accident recoveries are made through insurers. The insurance policy that provides coverage to the driver that caused your accident and injuries undoubtedly has certain conditions and exclusions of coverage. Nearly every policy for auto insurance contains an exclusion of coverage conditions for accidents that are caused by intentional acts. So, we need to be very careful about how much we rely upon the allegation of aggressive driving in negotiating and litigating towards a recovery in your case.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, our car accident injury lawyers will provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation. Our law firm can help you obtain the recovery that you deserve following an accident caused by an aggressive driver. Aggressive driving can result in fatal accidents, serious injuries, or just property damage. Unlike many other types of car accident cases, our car accident attorneys do accept property damage only cases that are based upon aggressive driving. The work that we do in pursuing recovery against aggressive drivers is important and part of what is necessary to deter this type of conduct by motorists in the future. Contact our office today to speak with our experienced car accident lawyers. We’ll help you navigate through the process of speaking with insurance companies, getting medical bills paid, and getting you the compensation you’re entitled to.