The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as the “combination of traffic offenses that endanger the safety of others or property.” Aggressive driving can increase the likelihood of an accident and the severity of injuries that passengers experience.
Despite these likely dangers, more than six in 10 drivers reported that another driver’s aggressive behavior had threatened them or their passengers within the last year (in a survey conducted by the NHTSA).
The Greenville aggressive driving accident lawyers from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are here to help if another driver’s aggressive behavior led to your injury or the death of a loved one. Our motto is “just focus on getting better and leave the rest to us” and we stand by this. Call our team today to learn all the ways we can help with your aggressive driving claim.
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There are many types of aggressive driving. The NHTSA identifies the following as examples of aggressive driving:
- Following too closely
- Driving at excessive speeds
- Changing lanes without demonstrating care or without using a signal
- Weaving through traffic
- Running red lights
- Running stop signs
- Improper passing
The Insurance Information Institute reports these forms of aggressive driving and how they contributed to fatal accidents in 2018:
- Driving too fast for conditions – 16.7% crashes involved drivers who were driving too fast for conditions or otherwise speeding.
- Impairment – 10.1% of the accidents involved drivers who were under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or prescriptions.
- Failure to keep in proper lane – This driving behavior led to 7.1% of fatal collisions.
- Failure to yield the right of way – Drivers who disregarded yield signs or the right-of-way of other motorists contributed to another 7% of fatal collisions.
- Failure to obey traffic signals – The failure to obey traffic signs, traffic lights, or traffic officers accounted for 3.9% of the collisions.
- Operating a vehicle in a reckless, erratic, or negligent manner – This reason contributed to 3.8% of accidents.
- Driving the wrong way – Driving the wrong way on one-way traffic or the wrong side of the road accounted for another 2.4% of collisions.
Aggressive driving needlessly endangers the safety of others on the roadway. If you were harmed by an aggressive driver, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options. Traffic delays, running late, disregard for others, habit, and disregard for others could also
When a person is driving, he or she may feel more anonymous and unrecognized by strangers on the roadway, compelling him or her to act in a different manner than he or she would normally act. There is no excuse for this type of dangerous behavior and we aim to hold the liable parties responsible.
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Aggressive Driving vs. Road Rage
While aggressive driving can be very dangerous, road rage is even more so. Sometimes aggressive driving can escalate to:
- Gesturing or yelling at other drivers
- Confronting another motorist
- Physical assault
Aggressive driving is a traffic violation, while road rage is often a criminal offense. Road rage may include assaulting another motorist with a motor vehicle after a traffic incident. This may include intentionally crashing into the other vehicle, running over a motorist or running another vehicle off the road.
While road rage is scary, it is not very common, according to the NHTSA. X can help you figure out how your accident occured when you call (864) 407-4000.
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How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help with Your Aggressive Driving Claim
After an accident, you need to be able to focus on your health and recovery. Our Greenville aggressive driving accident attorneys can manage all aspects of your personal injury claim and provide the following services:
Explaining Your Rights
As an accident victim, you have certain rights, but you may not be aware of them. We can discuss these rights with you during your free consultation and how we can help protect them.
Investigating Your Accident
Our lawyers can take action to thoroughly investigate your claim and show that it was caused by a reckless driver’s aggressive driving. This may include:
- Reviewing the accident report
- Analyzing the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Requesting a copy of the at-fault driver’s driving history to see a pattern of aggressive driving
Speaking With Your Medical Providers
A personal injury lawyer can also speak with your medical provider to get a better understanding of your injuries and how they affect your life.
Accurately Estimating Your Damages
Personal injury lawyers deal with claims on a routine basis and have a better understanding of the short- and long-term effect of injuries. He or she can be sure that your demand package accounts for all your damages, including:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss in earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
A personal injury lawyer may hire economic experts (or other experts) who can help estimate your damages.
Working Through Various Legal Processes
Your personal injury lawyer may also work through a variety of legal processes, depending on your claim and the circumstances surrounding it, such as:
- Negotiation with the insurance company
- Litigation involving the filing of a lawsuit
It is helpful to have a legal professional on your side who can advise you of your rights and provide legal representation.
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Contact Our Team Today for Help with Your Claim
If you or a loved one was injured by an aggressive driver, the aggressive driving accident lawyers in Greenville from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are ready to assist you with every aspect of your claim.
We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that there are no upfront fees, your initial consultation is free. We only get paid for our services if we help you recover compensation for your injuries. Call us today to get the help you need during this challenging time.
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