Chicago Aggressive Driving Car Accident Lawyer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving is defined as when "an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property." Regardless of the definition, we know aggressive driving when we see it.
Motorists who dart in and out of traffic, speeding with little or no regard for those who share the road or their welfare, are aggressive and reckless drivers.
Hiring an Illinois Aggressive Driving Injury Attorney Can Help
The Cook County personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is an award-winning law firm representing people injured in accidents involving aggressive driving in Chicago.
Contact our auto accident lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 for a free case evaluation to discuss your car accident case. We obtain motor vehicle accident comparative and punitive damages for our clients with severe injuries and wrongful death.
Our legal team currently represents clients in Illinois and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, and Schaumburg.
Illinois Law On Aggressive or Reckless Driving
Driving deemed aggressive or reckless falls under Illinois driving laws. While specific behaviors might violate state law, 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 Car Accidents
Aggressive driving can be hard to categorize, as it is a combination of several destructive driving behaviors that harm car accident victims. However, there are factors that all point to aggressive driving. Some attributes are:
- Traveling faster than the speed limit
- Running red or yellow lights
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Hit-and-run collisions where the reckless driver left the accident scene
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving (DUI)
- Frequent and unnecessary lane changes
- Road rage where a negligent driver caused a minor or severe traffic accident
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 other motorists and their passengers sharing the road.
Each of the above behaviors on their own is sufficient to cause accidents with fatality and severe injury. When combined, these behaviors could lead to a catastrophic disaster that results in traumatic brain injury, broken spinal column, internal organ damage, and wrongful death.
These auto accident cases could create economic and non-economic damages where the car accident injury victims face extensive medical bills and ongoing treatment.
Our Chicago accident attorneys represent clients filing a lawsuit against the defendant's insurance company for adequate financial compensation to pay for their medical treatment.
Aggressive Driving Car Accident FAQs
How Many People die by Aggressive Driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 25,000 individuals die every year in aggressive driving auto accidents. Many of these accidents involve road rage fatalities.
The NHTSA says that likely over 800,000 accident victims were killed by road rage in the last thirty years in the United States.
What are Some Examples of Aggressive Driving?
Common examples of aggressive driving behavior include:
- Running a red light
- Aggressively changing lanes without notice
- Blocking other vehicles trying to change lanes or past
- Cutting in front of other motorists and quickly slowing down
- Weaving in traffic
How do I Stop Being Angry While Driving?
It is essential to control your anger while operating a motor vehicle. It would help if you never took others' actions personally, no matter what aggressive, reckless, or taunting behavior they might be expressing.
Instead, practice defensive driving and use positive visualization and affirmations to redirect your anger behavior. You likely have access to a behavioral psychologist who could provide useful tools to manage your anger.
What is the Root of Aggressive Driving?
Psychologists often diagnose aggressive driving behavior as a motorist expressing anger when behind the wheel of a car or truck. Unfortunately, reckless behavior can cause severe harm and wrongful death to others sharing the roadway.
Aggressive drivers have claimed thousands of lives of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, and other drivers and passengers on highways, streets, and side roads.
Our Driver is Becoming More Aggressive?
According to the NHTSA, road rage and aggressive driving events are becoming significantly more common and dangerous than ever before. Researchers have found that approximately eight out of every ten drivers have admitted to engaging in a road rage activity or driving aggressively in the United States at least once every year.
Studies show that thirty-eight percent of all motorists have reported being angry or using obscene gestures at least one time every year. Over forty percent of motorists reported cursing or yelling at pedestrians or other drivers.
Is Aggressive Driving Dangerous?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) deems aggressive driving a traffic offense, unlike road rage, that is often a criminal offense in every state in the US.
Aggressive driving is often referred to as reckless behavior when operating a motor vehicle. Aggressive drivers make other motorists drive defensively by slowing down, moving over, and staying calm during the reckless event.
Hiring an Illinois Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer
Are you, or a loved one, the victim of an auto accident caused by an aggressive driver? If so, you need an attorney on your side who understands how dangerous this type of reckless driving can be.
The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced in handling complicated aggressive driving cases. They can work with you to build a car accident claim to obtain your financial compensation.
Our legal team will protect your legal rights, obtain the police report, review the defendant's insurance policy coverage limits, and have experts examine your medical records. Let us help you recover medical expenses, lost wages, and financial compensation for pain and suffering by successfully resolving a personal injury claim.
Contact our law office today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All personal injury lawsuits must be filed in the appropriate county courthouse before the statute of limitations expires.
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