Aggressive driving can take many forms. In general, it is defined by law enforcement as any driving behavior or series of actions that endanger the lives of other people and/or threaten to cause damage to another person’s property. Aggressive driving is an increasingly common problem throughout the U.S., including in South Carolina. In early 2017, law enforcement throughout the state announced that it would be cracking down on aggressive driving. Despite this, however, many drivers still act recklessly, putting others’ lives at risk.
If you were injured by an aggressive driver, you have the right to take legal action. At Anastopoulo Law Firm we assist injured individuals throughout South Carolina, offering dedicated legal representation for victims of aggressive and unsafe driving. In certain cases, you may be able to seek punitive damages, meant to punish egregiously negligent parties.
Discuss your legal options with our South Carolina aggressive driving accident attorneys today; call (800) 313-5984 for a free consultation.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
As previously mentioned, there are many different driving behaviors that may be classified as “aggressive.” It is important to note that, while aggressive driving is a form of negligence, it should be distinguished from careless driving behaviors, such as distracted driving. When someone acts carelessly, they are not generally trying to harm another person, whether or not that is the ultimate outcome. Aggressive drivers, on the other hand, intend to threaten or harm other people.
Common examples of aggressive or reckless driving include:
- Excessive speeding (10+ MPH over the posted speed limit)
- Cutting in and out of lanes of traffic
- Following too closely, or “tailgating”
- Running red lights or stop signs
- “Blocking,” or cutting in front of a car and then slowing down
- Changing lanes without using the turn signal
- Flashing headlights or braking suddenly to “punish” another driver
- Making harassing gestures to another driver
- Street racing
This list is not exhaustive; there are many other forms of aggressive driving. If a motorist engages in reckless driving behaviors, often referred to as “road rage,” do everything you can to remain calm and avoid escalating the situation.
Offering Zealous Legal Representation
Unfortunately, aggressive drivers’ erratic behavior can—and often does—lead to collisions. If you were involved in an incident with a reckless driver, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. As previously mentioned, you may also be able to recover punitive damages if you can show that the liable motorist intentionally caused you harm.
Pursuing an aggressive driving accident claim can be difficult. It is important that you speak to an experienced attorney about your case so that you can make sure your rights are protected. Anastopoulo Law Firm has more than 25 years of experience handling all types of complex car accident claims. Our aggressive driving accident lawyers in South Carolina can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the fair recovery you are owed.
Contact Anastopoulo Law Firm online or by phone at (800) 313-5984 to get started with a complimentary case evaluation today.