Roads, highways and freeways in California are some of the busiest in the country. Understandably, people get frustrated having to drive them every day. Unfortunately, that frustration often leads to aggressive driving
Aggressive driving results in numerous accidents every year, some of them with fatal results. What exactly is aggressive driving, what can you do if find yourself driving near an aggressive driver, and what can you do if you’ve suffered injury or loss due to the actions of such a driver?
Aggressive driving is…
This is just another way to say unsafe driving. It is any behavior or action deliberately performed with disregard for public safety or with ill intent. A few examples of aggressive driving include:
- Making improper lane changes
- Weaving through traffic
- Following too closely
- Cutting off other drivers
- Blocking traffic
In some cases, people go even further with their actions to the point where it constitutes road rage. They may scream, yell, force others off the road or throw objects — among other things. It can be frightening to be the victim of a driver experiencing a bout of road rage.
How common is it?
According to the AAA Foundation, it is far more common than people might realize. Millions of people surveyed admitted to performing one or more aggressive driving behaviors in the month leading up to when the survey was conducted. The most common form of aggressive driving people admitted to was speeding on the freeway at a rate of 15 miles per hour over the freeway speed limit.
What can you do if you find yourself near an aggressive driver?
The best thing you can do in this situation is control yourself. Don’t engage with them or in similar activities. If you feel unsafe, take another route or pull over — if you can. If necessary, call the police for assistance.
Thankfully, California laws allow car accident victims to seek compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one were involved in a crash with an aggressive driver, you may seek relief by filing personal injury or wrongful death claims against the individual in civil court. In most cases, such claims may be resolved through out-of-court negotiations with the responsible party’s insurance provider. In others, litigation may prove necessary. Either way, achieving maximum compensation may be possible.