Often described as “road rage,” aggressive driving is when operators of a vehicle engage in reckless driving behaviors on the road, often with a complete disregard for the safety of others. Aggressive driving includes speeding in heavy traffic, tailgating, frequent lane changes, weaving, blocking cars from passing, and failing to signal.
People aren't perfect, so it's no surprise that most vehicular accidents are caused by human error. Recklessness is when a driver knowingly takes a risk despite understanding the potential consequences of their actions, which makes them guilty of the outcome. This includes speeding, mishandling cars with respect to the weather, and disobeying traffic signals.
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The poor decision to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated can end in catastrophe. Substance abuse includes alcohol, non-medicinal drugs, and medications with impairing side-effects, like drowsiness, reduced hand-eye coordination, and confusion. All of these substances may slow a driver's reflexes and decrease their judgement on the road, which causes accidents.
Amidst all of the distractions of today’s modern world, there are many drivers on the road who do not stay alert and focused behind the wheel. Phones, tablets, music devices, and even changing the radio can take attention away from the road. This can lead to dangerous driving practices and unfortunately, tragic consequences.
The most common form of reckless and aggressive driving is speeding. Our speed limits exist for very good reasons, and disobeying them decreases a driver’s reaction time. Other drivers on the road will find it hard to be a defensive driver amongst people who speed, putting everyone at risk.
Fatigue and sleepiness are common causes of accidents. They're most common during late-night driving and among workers who drive long hours for a living, like truck operators. Driving tired is just as, if not more, dangerous than driving intoxicated. If you’re tired, pull over. Consequences may be severe if you don’t.
What should I do if I’m involved in a car accident?
In serious accidents, immediate medical treatment is necessary. Once capable, gather all information about the damage, drivers, insurance plans, and witnesses. Hold on to medical bills, and hold off on car repair until an attorney makes sure you’re being fairly compensated.
What can I receive compensation for?
Car accidents range in severity. Depending on your case, your compensation may cover physical injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills, property damage, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and any miscellaneous expenses applicable.
Why do I need a lawyer?
A lawyer is necessary following car accidents because your insurance company is not always on your side. Companies may short-change your claim, withholding compensation you deserve. Legally, proving liability can be difficult, settlement options are confusing, and filing lawsuits is complex. An attorney assures that you don’t miss out on financial compensation.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
There is no definitive answer for how long a case will take. Even the most simple of accidents may take longer than a year. However, this fact should not deter you from seeking legal action. Longer cases tend to rule in favor of the plaintiff and result in higher compensation.