In Arizona and elsewhere, there are all sorts of drivers. There are those who follow every law, those who are overly cautious and those who drive in aggressive manners. Aggressive driving, in particular, is a serious problem as it often leads to accidents. Some may wonder, though, which actions are considered aggressive when behind the wheel and what one can do if he or she is injured or loses a loved one in a car accident caused by such a driver?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an aggressive driver is one who commits traffic offenses that endanger others and/or property. These offenses include speeding, tailgating, weaving through traffic, failing to stop at lights and ignoring road signs -- among numerous others. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for such actions to be performed daily by drivers all across the state.
Aggressive driving is often the result of one feeling rushed or frustrated. Such feelings cause one to not think about the potential consequences of his or her actions. Sadly, numerous individuals and families have suffered devastating losses due to the actions others have taken while driving.
When a car accident occurs, figuring out why it happened is important. as doing so will help determine liability. If aggressive driving is believed to have been a contributing factor, the victim or, in the event of a fatality, his or her surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for any damages sustained. These might include medical expenses, lost wages and/or benefits, funeral expenses -- if applicable -- and compensation for any emotional trauma suffered -- among others. Monetary relief may be sought by filing legal claims in an Arizona civil court. Experienced attorneys can assist those negatively affected by aggressive drivers in seeking fair and full compensation for their losses.
Source: nhtsa.gov, "Aggressive Driving", Accessed on Sept. 1, 2016