Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers
Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Accident Claims
A common challenge for all New Jersey motorists is sharing the road with aggressive drivers or drivers suffering from the emotional instability of road rage. Car accidents caused by road-rage and aggression are on the rise throughout the country. Both types of negligent driving, either aggressive or while emotionally enraged, can cause serious and sometimes fatal car accidents. Aggressive motorists will drive like they own the roads with little regard for other travelers. By willfully disregarding basic traffic laws, aggressive drivers cause car accidents that would otherwise be preventable.
Road rage differs from aggressive driving in that the emotionally enraged driver is intentionally trying to threaten or intimidate the driver of another vehicle. Many aggressive driving accidents are due to willful negligence, whereas in cases involving road rage, car accidents are often the result of a deliberate intent to cause harm or injury.
Aggressive drivers may be stopped and ticketed by law enforcement, while road rage drivers can face criminal charges and possible jail time. Drivers who have been involved in car accidents caused by an aggressive or enraged driver are not at fault and are often entitled to compensation. Victims of these types of car accidents should contact a New Jersey road rage accident lawyer to review their options and determine the best path to protecting their rights.
How to Spot an Enraged Driver
There are many types of drivers on the road, but a driver consumed by road rage can be easy to spot. These types of drivers make sudden and erratic movements with their vehicles, such as speeding up and tailgating other vehicles. Other common signs of road rage are a driver who honks the horn or flashes the vehicle’s headlights repeatedly. Enraged drivers may go as far as to confront other drivers by yelling, making rude comments or gestures. If other drivers try to maneuver away from the enraged driver, that driver may cut the other vehicle off or abruptly brake in front of it causing a rear-end collision.
How to Spot an Aggressive Driver
Aggressive driving occurs when motorists break numerous traffic laws putting people, vehicles and property at risk. The number one identifier of an aggressive driver is excessive speed. Another way to spot an aggressive driver is to be on the lookout for motorists who weave in and out of vehicle lanes with seemingly no regard for other drivers. Other acts of aggression include:
- Racing with another vehicle
- Driving on the side of the road or in a median
- Failing to yield to other drivers
- Failing to obey traffic signals or warning signs
- Passing in no-pass lanes
- Tailgating another vehicle
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also play a role in aggressive driving.
Avoiding Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Accidents
As New Jersey aggressive driving lawyers we know what an important skill defensive driving is for motorists. Drivers should stay vigilant while on the roadways and watch carefully for signs of aggressive drivers or drivers experiencing road rage. Try to avoid vehicles that are driving erratically by slowing down or by staying in the left or middle lane. If an enraged driver targets you, do your best to immediately remove yourself and your vehicle from the situation. This may be as simple as letting the other driver pass by or may involve leaving the highway to avoid the other driver.
New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Help Victims of Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Car Accidents
Unfortunately, not all road rage car accidents are avoidable. At times, the other driver’s aggression may result in serious car accident injuries. Car accident investigations must begin immediately following an accident and are critical in pursuing successful personal injury claims. New Jersey personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore are available to help victims of aggressive driving car accidents. Do not delay in contacting us at 1-800-CANT-WORK (1-800-226-8967) or 856-497-2203 or contact us online. We have the experience to fight for the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Our New Jersey car accident lawyers have offices located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania allowing us to handle personal injury and car accident claims in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.