Sharing the road with an aggressive driver can be a frightening and intimidating experience, and your fear is validated in the event that you are in an accident with the aggressive driver. There are many different examples of aggressive driving that we will discuss in detail below, as well as what to do if you have been involved with an aggressive driver. One of the most important things to do is to remain calm and avoid creating or contributing to an additionally aggressive environment.
The team at Grossman Law Offices offers a free initial consultation for any victims of an aggressive driving accident that has suffered from injuries as a result of the crash. During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to speak with an experienced legal professional about your accident, the injuries that you have sustained, and the steps that you have already taken. In addition, you will be able to ask any questions about how Grossman Law Offices can help you, our opinion on your situation, and how we have helped other clients in similar situations to your own.
Read more below about aggressive driving accidents in Fresno, and contact us now to get started on your case today. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s dangerous decision to drive aggressively, you are likely entitled to additional compensation in the form of a personal injury settlement or lawsuit that goes beyond the initial offers that the insurance company will make to you.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
There are many different forms of aggressive driving, and while some people may initially think of aggressive driving as being only combative driving, this is not always the case. Simply speeding is a form of aggressive driving, because it ignores the local laws and guidelines and instead chooses to operate a vehicle at speeds in excess of the recommended limit.
Some examples of aggressive driving are:
- Speeding in traffic
- Cutting people off
- “Brake checking” the car behind you
- Weaving through lanes and around many vehicles
- Pursuing other vehicles and trying to “teach them a lesson” by flashing high beams or hitting the brakes
Road rage, in general, is a dangerous behavior that adds to the already stressful situation of driving at high speeds on a highway or interstate road. While road rage can start with aggression between drivers in motion, it can result in an accident and sometimes escalate into further violence. If you have been involved in an accident with a driver who seems to be extremely agitated and possibly violent, the best thing to do is to remain in your vehicle and call the police. There is no reason to insert yourself into a potentially dangerous situation after already experiencing a frightening accident.
What To Do After an Accident With an Aggressive Driver
After any accident, the most important thing to do is to ensure that you and your passengers are safe and to make sure that any immediate injuries are attended to as best as possible. Contact the police so that they can secure the area, divert traffic, and assist the emergency responders so that they can address all injuries as soon as possible and determine whether or not they will need to transport anyone to the hospital.
If it is safe to do so, get away from the vehicle if you are at risk of being struck by oncoming traffic. However, if the other driver seems to be agitated and aggressive, it may be best to remain in the vehicle until the police arrive on the scene. They will be able to ensure that you stay safe, whereas trying to reason or work with the aggressive driver may only complicate things and create a second dangerous situation after their driving had created the first danger.
If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately to make sure that your injuries are properly treated and that any future risks are mitigated. In addition, it is important that you collect and eyewitness accounts, police reports or accident reports, and determine whether or not there are any possible surveillance videos. Any documentation that will tell the full story to a judge will be a major help in your case, and a strong argument that the other driver caused the accident and is therefore financially responsible for your damages.
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