Road rage and other forms of aggressive driving are responsible for hundreds of thousands of serious auto accidents in the United States each year. Throughout Central Florida communities such as Melbourne, auto accidents caused by aggressive driving injure far too many of our citizens. The personal injury attorneys of the Charpentier Law Firm proudly fight for the rights of injured victims and their families, working tirelessly to obtain the full measure of compensation to which they are entitled after an auto accident.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as occurring when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” This means that aggressive driving doesn’t necessarily have to be motivated by anger of any sort, let alone rage. Road rage certainly falls under the umbrella of aggressive driving, but so can many other unlawful forms of driving, including speeding, unsafe lane changes, and running through traffic lights and stop signs. You probably witness acts of aggressive driving on a near-daily basis, and while they may be annoying, they do not always result in accidents.
When they do result in accidents, however, the consequences can be catastrophic.
Claims Arising from Aggressive Driving Accidents
It may seem that claims involving aggressive driving accidents should be open-and-shut cases for the most part; however, this is often not true. In many cases, the success of such claims comes down to the abilities of the plaintiffs’ lawyers to thoroughly investigate and reconstruct accidents.
The auto accident lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm use all of the resources at their disposal to present the strongest cases possible on behalf of their clients. They:
- Interview all available eyewitnesses to the accident
- Collect police reports and other relevant documents
- Consult with forensic experts as necessary to determine how the accident occurred
- Gather all physical evidence that supports the case
- Investigate whether there is evidence - 911 calls, for example - showing that the defendant had been driving aggressively prior to the accident
In general, cases are won or lost in the accident investigation and reconstruction phase. You want to be sure to entrust your case to personal injury lawyers with a history of success in handling auto accident cases just like yours.
Common Types of Aggressive Driving
The most common types of aggressive driving include:
- Making frequent, often unsafe lane changes
- Running red lights and driving through stop signs
- Failing to yield
- Cutting off drivers
- Flashing the car’s bright lights while behind drivers
- Failing to use turn signals
- Hitting breaks when being tailgated
- Preventing other drivers from making legal maneuvers by speeding up, slowing down, or boxing them in
Acts of aggressive driving are often accompanied by shouting and rude gesturing. Most people recognize aggressive driving when they see it. However, that doesn’t change the fact that auto accident cases involving aggressive driving can be extremely complex.
Learn More about Aggressive Driving Accident Cases
To learn more about aggressive driving accident cases, or to arrange an evaluation of your case, please contact our personal injury attorneys today.