According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving is defined as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Regardless of the definition, we know it when we see it. Drivers who dart in and out of traffic, speeding with little or no regard for those who are sharing the road or their welfare are aggressive and reckless drivers. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remains a go-to law firm for people injured in accidents involving aggressive driving in Chicago.
Illinois Law On Aggressive or Reckless Driving
Driving deemed aggressive or reckless falls under Illinois driving laws. While specific behaviors may each be a violation, when they are combined to demonstrate a reckless nature, the consequences under the law are much more severe. According to Illinois state law, reckless driving is described and penalized as:
(625 ILCS 5/11-503)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-503)
Sec. 11-503. Reckless driving; aggravated reckless driving.
(a) A person commits reckless driving if he or she:
(1) drives any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
(2) knowingly drives a vehicle and uses an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne.
(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, except as provided under subsections (b-1), (c), and (d) of this Section.
(b-1) Except as provided in subsection (d), any person convicted of violating subsection (a), if the violation causes bodily harm to a child or a school crossing guard while the school crossing guard is performing his or her official duties, is guilty of a Class 4 felony.
Examples of Aggressive Driving that frequently result in serious accidents
Aggressive driving can be hard to categorize, as it is a combination of several bad driving behaviors. However, there are factors that all point to aggressive driving. Some attributes are:
- Running red or yellow lights
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Frequent and unnecessary lane changes
- Road rage
All of these driving behaviors are dangerous by themselves. However, when multiple aggressive behaviors are combined, the accident risks are exponentially increased for passengers in the driver's vehicle and for other motorists and their passengers sharing the road. Each of the above behaviors on their own is sufficient to cause accidents with fatality and injury. When combined, they can lead to catastrophic disaster.
Reckless Driving Injury Accidents in Illinois
If you are the victim of an auto accident that was caused by an aggressive driver, you need an attorney on your side who understands how dangerous this type of reckless driving can be. The Illinois car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are experienced in the complexities of aggressive driving cases and can work with you to build a solid case to obtain your financial compensation.
Our law firm can help you recover medical expenses, lost wages and financial recompense for pain and suffering. For a free, no obligation consultation please contact us here. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that no fee is paid by you unless we are successful in gaining a financial award in your case.