Financial Compensation for Aggressive Driving Accidents in Illinois

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IL accident lawyerWe have all felt it before -- the feeling of annoyance mixed with anger and frustration that manifests and appears when we are behind the wheel of our vehicles. Driving can be a stressful activity for some people, especially those who experience extreme anger and frustration while driving. In some cases, aggressive driving or road rage can contribute to or even be the cause of some motor vehicle accidents, which can result in serious injuries. In many cases, damages sustained from injuries resulting from an aggressive driver can be claimed in a personal injury lawsuit.

What Is Aggressive Driving?

In general, aggressive driving is considered to be any action taken by a driver that endangers the lives or safety of themselves or others. Aggressive driving can include any behavior that a driver deliberately engages in with ill intentions or a disregard for the safety of others on the road. It is important to note that there is a difference between aggressive driving and “road rage.” Even though both instances involve angry drivers, road rage only occurs when the aggressive driving elevates to the driver intentionally means to cause the other driver physical harm.

Aggressive Driving Behaviors to Watch Out For

Aggressive driving is a serious issue. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), aggressive driving behaviors played a role in 56 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents during a four-year period. The best way to protect yourself while driving is to watch out for other drivers who may be exhibiting aggressive driving behaviors. These can include:

  • Improperly following the vehicle in front of you
  • Erratically or improperly changing lanes
  • Passing other drivers when passing is prohibited
  • Running red lights
  • Failing to use your turn signals
  • Failing to yield to the right of way
  • Speeding
  • Failing to obey traffic signals or signs
  • Generally operating the vehicle in a reckless or aggressive manner

In some cases, aggressive driving can turn into road rage, or extreme anger and aggression while driving. Behaviors that indicate road rage can include:

  • Yelling profanities or obscenities at other drivers
  • Making obscene or rude gestures toward other drivers
  • Purposefully sideswiping vehicles
  • Attempting to force another driver off of the road

Speak With Our Illinois Car Accident Injury Attorney Today

Being in a car accident can result in many types of serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal tissue damage, or even spinal cord injuries. If you have been injured in an accident involving an aggressive driver, time is of the essence. James A. Payonk Jr., Attorney at Law, can help you file a car accident injury claim in a timely manner, increasing your odds of compensation. To speak with our skilled Orland Park, IL car accident injury lawyer, call our office today at 708-966-2408 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Road-Rage-Brochure.pdf

https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-aggressive-driving

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