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Accidents and Injuries Caused by Aggressive Drivers


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Our beautiful city has many, many charms. Beaches, forests, mountains, and deserts are all a stone’s throw away. The sun is always shining. And there’s so much amazing food. But one aspect of Los Angeles that might not be as beautiful is our famous rush hour congestion. With all the heavy traffic and with everyone in such a rush to get to where they’re going, it’s no surprise that so many drivers become aggressive behind the wheel. Tailgating, speeding, cursing and yelling, and a healthy disregard for traffic signals are all entirely common behaviors.

To tangibly illustrate the dangers of aggressive behavior behind the wheel, here’s a hard fact: aggressive driving is responsible for over half of all recent traffic fatalities. In California, aggressive behavior, sometimes known as road rage, has been added to the list of behaviors which are now included in the state’s reckless behavior laws. A reckless behavior is basically any action which lacks an intention to cause harm, but which nevertheless still goes beyond simple negligence.

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our car accident lawyers have seen first-hand the damage (physical, mental, emotional, or financial) aggressive driving in a car accident can cause to innocent victims and their families. We are here to help the victims and their families recover fair compensation after a car accident. Medical care associated with treating car accident injuries can be extremely expensive, especially if the injured individual isn’t able to return to work for a long period of time, if ever. As these injuries tend to be catastrophic and life changing, victims and their families need to be represented by a skilled car accident lawyer who will fight to get them the full compensation they deserve and deserve.

Accidents and Injuries Caused by Aggressive Driving

According to statistics compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety during a recent four year period, 106,727 fatalities – 55.7% of the total  – involved drivers who were guilty of committing one or more common aggressive driving behaviors. The most common aggressive driving action in these incidents was by far speeding.

Aggressive driving greatly increases the likelihood of sustaining severe injuries in a car accident, and possibly even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that more than 11,000 people are killed yearly in car crashes caused by aggressive driving. In dollar amounts, car accidents directly attributable to aggressive driving totaled close to $40 billion dollars in damages, medical costs, and legal fees.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”

Common examples of aggressive driving include behaviors such as:

  • Speeding.
  • Taking out anger or frustration on other drivers.
  • Frequent, unsafe, and unpredictable lane changes.
  • Failing to stop at red lights.
  • Disregarding stop signs and other traffic signals.
  • Driving illegally on the sidewalk, shoulder, or median.
  • Passing other cars in zones where passing is prohibited.
  • Not signaling for turns or lane changes.
  • Ignoring cues or signals from other drivers.
  • Failing to yield right of way.
  • Driving in a negligent or reckless manner.
  • Tailgating.
  • Screaming, yelling, and obscene hand gestures.

The Link Between Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Most of us have encountered an instance of road rage at one point in our lives. We might even be guilty of engaging in one or two of the previously mentioned examples of aggressive driving. Road rage is such an ingrained part of our American culture that we even make fun of overly intense and angry drivers whenever we see them misbehave on the road.

But for anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of another driver’s aggressive behavior, the experience isn’t the slightest bit humorous or lighthearted. It is deadly serious and it can be terrifying. Recent road rage statistics illuminate a reality that is pure common sense: aggressive driving is more deadly than many of us know.

In 1990, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study of more than 10,000 traffic accidents caused by driver violence. The AAA discovered that over 12,500 deaths could be linked to aggressive driving behaviors across a seven year period. Sadly, road rage was linked to 218 deaths. The majority of these 218 deaths were in fact deliberate acts of murders at the hands of angry drivers. Simply put: 218 road rage incidents continued beyond the confines of road and vehicle until the unfortunate point of cold blooded murder.

The shocking nature of road rage related deaths doesn’t stop there, as the number of road rage related fatalities has been increasing at a steady rate of 7% every year since the study concluded. To further drive the point home, data gathered by SafeMotorist.com determined that 66% of all recent traffic fatalities were directly linked to instances of aggressive driving. Disturbingly, 37% of those deaths were caused by a firearm and not an actual driving accident, which proves the point that instances of road rage often end in very tragic circumstances.

The American Safety Council provides the following very alarming road rage statistics:

  • Road rage is most commonly exhibited by young males.
  • 37% of all road rage incidents involve firearms.
  • Half of all drivers subject to road rage behaviors responded with aggressive. behaviors of their own.

If you ever encounter an angry driver on the road, here are the following recommendations:

  1. Get out of the way.
  2. Do not make eye contact.
  3. Avoid rude hand or facial gestures.
  4. Call 911 if you are concerned for your safety.

Contact us to find out how we can help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of another driver’s aggressive driving, you have the right to hold that driver responsible. An attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 213 927 3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.



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