A maneuver that can negatively affect your safety and that of others can be considered aggressive driving.
The National Highway Traffic safety Administration defines aggressive driving as an act involving unsafe and erratic operation of a motor vehicle, which puts the life of the driver or passenger at risk, or compromises the safety of other drivers and pedestrians. Although aggressive driving is dangerous and quite frequent, it is not a criminal offense. Aggressive driving often leads to road rage, which can result in significant damage and even death.
What Qualifies as Aggressive Driving?
A maneuver that can negatively affect your safety and that of others can be considered aggressive driving. The most common forms reckless driving are:
- Disobeying traffic signals and rules
- Changing lanes suddenly and without indication
- Improper passing
It has been found that aggressive driving can sometimes pose more serious dangers than driving under the influence. A study shows that 88% of the people find driving dangerous because of the aggressive maneuvers of other drivers. The respondents of the study also indicated that they have been victims of aggressive driving at least once in the past year. Also, 50% of the people feel that aggressive driving is on an increase.
In most crashes involving aggressive driving, speed is the primary factor. The possibility of an accident and injuries becomes double with every 10mph increase in speed over 50 mph. Unfortunately, even after repeated warnings from the Federal Highway Administration, around 70% of drivers exceed the speed limits and even justify their actions.
Another aggressive maneuver that we often come across is running red lights. It is a common cause of accidents, and those who jump red lights are 3 times more likely to have been caught speeding. Speeding and running red lights are a dangerous combination. More than 700 fatalities and 100,000 injuries are caused by people running red lights.
Contact a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident because of another person’s aggressive driving, contact the Willens Law Offices today! We know how to step in and take care of the details that will protect your rights and options, assuring you of the compensation you need and deserve. Call us at (312) 957-4166 or (847) 496-0990 or fill out our online contact form to request a free and private consultation.