Nov 8, 2021
When we think of aggressive driving, examples of road rage or driver-on-driver violence might typically come to mind. But aggressive driving can actually involve a number of unsafe behaviors on the part of motorists.
Below we will review how aggressive driving is defined, provide some common examples, and discuss how to file a personal injury lawsuit in pursuit of financial compensation if you’re ever harmed by an aggressive driver.
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, the term ‘aggressive driving’ covers a range of unsafe driving behaviors, including speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, or any combination of these activities. Although most drivers have encountered these types of unsafe driving behaviors while on the road, the National Conference of State Legislators admits that it is “difficult for legislatures to completely define aggressive driving.”
However, as of 2017, 15 states including California have passed laws aimed at aggressive drivers. In most cases, these laws establish an aggressive driving offense as well as fines and penalties for committing such an act.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property.”
Additionally, AAA defines aggressive driving as “any unsafe driving behavior performed deliberately and with ill intention or disregard for safety.”
Aggressive driving can come in a number of forms. The most common examples of aggressive driving, according to AAA, include:
Law aggregator website JD Supra offers some additional examples of aggressive or dangerous driving:
If you’ve been the victim of an aggressive driving car accident involving an injury, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Securing the representation of a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer can help ensure you recover the maximum financial damages award you deserve.
2019 data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that nearly 80% of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the previous 30 days.
That’s a particularly disturbing statistic indicating the extreme prevalence of aggressive driving on our nation’s roads and highways.
From AAA’s data, respondents admitted to engaging in the following “angry and aggressive behaviors” within 30 days of the survey being conducted:
Yes, California Vehicle Code 23103 defines aggressive or reckless driving as a criminal act. According to Vehicle Code 23103:
In addition to classifying aggressive driving as a criminal offense, California recognizes the act as a type of automobile crime. A number of dangerous activities can be considered criminal offenses under California law, including:
Aggressive driving is a type of fault that can make drivers and/or passengers injured in an accident as a result of such negligence eligible for significant financial compensation for various losses sustained. By filing a personal injury civil lawsuit, injured aggressive driving victims can seek compensation for a number of damages, such as:
With Dordulian Law Group (DLG), an injured car accident victim can have peace of mind knowing that our experience and proven results will help ensure their case is handled properly and has the absolute best chance of reaching a successful conclusion. DLG’s founder and president, Sam Dordulian, previously served as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, helping to secure life sentences against some of our most violent and dangerous criminals.
Today, Dordulian and his team of trusted car accident lawyers fight to recover maximum financial compensation for injured victims like you. With over $100 million recovered in settlements and verdicts for our injured clients while maintaining a 98% success record, we’re here to fight for you in your hour of need.
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