Things can seem so much worse when an accident is caused by an aggressive driver. You may be entitled to money damages any time an accident was caused by another driver. When it comes to aggressive driving accidents, however, the word damages take on a new meaning. Read on to find how the law deals with aggressive drivers and what it can mean to your personal injury case.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
This term has only been around for a while but aggressive drivers have been around since the automobile's inception. Almost everyone has seen aggressive drivers and worried that they are about to cause an accident. Unfortunately, aggressive drivers cause wrecks by not obeying the rules of the road and they do so knowingly. That makes the situation different from a driver who momentarily loses concentration and causes an accident. To further explain what aggressive driving is, take a look at these examples:
- Excessive speeding can create problems when the aggressive driver is unable to stop their vehicle in time to avoid collisions. Being rear-ended at a high rate of speed can lead to deadly consequences. As far as the seriousness of impacts goes, the higher the speed the greater the damage done to both vehicles and occupants.
- Weaving in and out of traffic is the hallmark of an impatient, aggressive driver. Unfortunately, their haste to get ahead of everyone else on the road can lead to side-swiping, rear-ending, and clipping other drivers. All it takes for an accident to happen is a slight misjudgment of the location and speed and other cars.
- Distracted drivers are often in the news nowadays. When drivers eat, read, text, apply make-up, and use devices while driving they are not careless, they are negligent. That means their actions were purposeful and directly led to an accident with injuries.
What to Do After an Accident
Drivers practicing any of the above dangerous driving habits can be charged with reckless driving. If they are speeding by quite a bit over the speed limit, it might even be a felony. If the driver that caused your wreck was ticketed for any form of aggressive or reckless driving, the accident is automatically not your fault. You can find out about such actions by checking the police or accident report. While almost all victims of accidents with injuries are owed certain forms of damages, when it comes to negligent actions like aggressive driving, the judge has the power to impose punitive damages on top of the compensatory damages commonly awarded.
Speak to a personal injury lawyer like those at Nelson Fromer & Crocco Law Offices to find out more.