Hold Reckless Drivers Accountable with an Aggressive Driving Attorney

Often referred to as road rage, aggressive driving is defined as any risky or reckless behavior that leaves the driver and those around them in danger, from speeding to purposeful tailgating. In fact, a 2008 study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that aggressive driving played a role in 56 percent of fatal crashes over a four year period.

If you or a loved one have been injured because of another driver's road rage, an aggressive driving attorney at San Diego Injury Lawyer can help you hold the responsible party accountable. At our San Diego, CA, practice, we have helped many clients collect compensation after motor vehicle accidents. Contact our team at (858) 413-9228 or reach out online to learn more about our car accident services.

A driver gesticulates angrily out of the car window.

Aggressive driving contributes significantly to fatal car crashes across the country. 

What Constitutes Aggressive Driving?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is defined as when, “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Some of the most common examples of such behaviors include:

  • Speeding in heavy traffic
  • Running red lights
  • Tailgating
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Cutting off another driver and slowing down
  • Racing
  • Making lane changes without signaling properly
  • Blocking other cars from passing or changing lanes

Any of these behaviors can lead to a serious accident. Unfortunately, many drivers see these dangerous habits as assertive or defensive driving techniques. They may use braking or other methods as “punishment” for drivers they see as incompetent. In other cases, these aggressive behaviors may simply seem to help them arrive at their destination more quickly. 

In 2015, speeding alone was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes.

Effects of Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving has been cited as a factor in more than 56 percent of all fatal accidents in the United States. In 2015, speeding alone was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes. Motor vehicle accidents can have serious ramifications for those involved. Common injuries associated with car accidents include fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries, all of which can have severe physical and financial consequences. 

CALIFORNIA’S AGGRESSIVE DRIVING LAW

Under California law, aggressive driving is a criminal offence and treated as a misdemeanor. California courts consider several factors when determining whether an individual was driving aggressively, including:

  • The speed of travel
  • Whether the driver’s actions endangered others
  • Dangerous maneuvers, such as swerving or tailgating

Essentially, the court seeks to determine whether the offending driver deliberately disregarded safety protocols in the period of time leading to the accident. An aggressive driving conviction can result in imprisonment for up to 90 days, as well as fines and an increase in automobile insurance rates. 

Seeking Compensation

If you or a loved one were injured due to another individual driving aggressively, our team at San Diego Injury Lawyer can help you collect compensation. Damages collected in a car accident case can help you with medical bills, as well as compensate you for lost wages. In some cases, the court may also order additional rewards to compensate you for pain and suffering experienced as a result of the accident. 

Schedule a Complimentary Evaluation

At San Diego Injury Lawyer, we provide dedicated legal support for individuals harmed in motor vehicle accidents. Our personal injury attorneys have an advanced understanding of California law and can help you collect the compensation you need after a serious accident. To schedule your complimentary case evaluation today, contact our office online or call us at (858) 413-9228 today.