Aggressive Driving Accidents
If you have been injured by an aggressive driver, you should know that you are not alone. Nearly everyone who drives has driven next to someone who is speeding, swerving between lanes, using the shoulder of the road or median, and passing where prohibited. So often, in fact, that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has compiled data that shows that aggressive driving is a major culprit for traffic accidents in the United States. With these crashes come injuries, property loss, and for those who are hurt, countless hours trying to recover their health, be able to go back to work, and dealing with the stressful situation as fast and as thoroughly as possible. This does not even begin to address the amount of money needed. If this is your case, contact The Eslinger Law Firm to get the legal representation you need at this time
Meeting an Aggressive Driver on the Road
Sometimes you are witness to an aggressive driver close by, when you encounter a driver that is filled with road rage and for some unexplainable reason, decides to take it out on you. The right response in these cases is not to answer with similar behavior. On the contrary, you should try to:
- Remain relaxed and calm
- Do your best to move out of their way
- Avoid responding to their rage and not escalate the situation
- Slow down and switch lanes
- Remember to wear your seat belt and ask everyone in your car to do the same
- Ignore them and try not to make eye contact
Aggressive Driving Turns into Road Rage
Most people consider that aggressive drivers represent a true danger to them while on the road. You have seen them many times. They are the drivers that speed, make unsafe lane changes, run red lights, disregard stop signs, and drive erratically.
In many instances, you may be able to distinguish when their aggressive actions turn into road rage. Then, their vehicle is used as a weapon with the intent to harm someone else. Guns or other weapons may also be involved, and this is when your own reaction can save your life.
When confronted by a driver exhibiting road rage, avoid engaging with them, do not make hand or facial gestures, get out of their way, and call 911 if the situation keeps on escalating.
Typical Profile of an Aggressive Driver
Aggressive driver accident statistics reveal that the typical driver that demonstrates aggressive behavior is a male between the ages of 18 and 26. Nevertheless, it is also noted that the number of aggressive women on the road has also increased significantly.
As far as the times of day when more aggressive driving is displayed, these tend to be during rush hour and at night. Specific times of the year such as the end-of-year holidays also seem to be triggers for more aggressive driving.
Receive Legal Help if you Have Been a Victim of Aggressive Driving
The consequences of an accident when aggressive driving is involved can be catastrophic. Not only can your vehicle be totaled, there is the threat of severe injuries and even loss of life. At The Eslinger Law Firm, our team of car accident lawyers takes these accidents very seriously. We understand that you may be suffering irreparable losses and need the best legal representation by your side to get the compensation you deserve.
Our accident attorneys work on a contingency basis and there will be no out of pocket costs for you. We will fully evaluate the facts and evidence related to your case, call upon experts and investigators to establish liability, and build a strong case to obtain compensation for you either through negotiation or litigation. Schedule your appointment today.