When behind the wheel, a Texas driver has the responsibility of being as safe as reasonably possible. This includes following the rules of the road and being cognizant of others on the road. Certain types of avoidable behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving and aggressive driving all increase the chance of an accident and causing harm to innocent drivers and passengers. It may be helpful for all drivers to be able to recognize the signs of aggressive driving and know how they can protect themselves.
Aggressive driving is a term used to describe various types of dangerous and reckless driving. Any type of aggressive driving is unnecessary and needlessly risky, and it often causes serious or fatal accidents. If the motor vehicle accident that caused you harm was the result of aggressive driving, there are options available to you that could provide you the opportunity to pick up the pieces and move forward.
How to recognize aggressive driving
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, aggressive driving includes different types of traffic offenses that endanger other people on the road and their property. You may associate aggressive driving with behaviors that include honking the horn repeatedly, making rude gestures at others and more, but it can also include a range of actions that are also needlessly risky. These include:
- Passing traffic on the right
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Running stop signs and red lights
- Cutting other drivers off
- Ignoring the right-of-way
Many people drive aggressively because they are in a hurry. While speeding and driving recklessly may help one feel as if he or she will reach the destination faster, it actually places everyone on the road at the risk of a crash. Different types of aggressive driving are preventable and unnecessary, but they also are often a blatant disregard of the rules of the road.
What are the rights of victims?
If you are the victim of an accident caused by any type of aggressive driving, you have legal options available to you. You may have grounds to pursue recourse and compensation through a claim in the Texas civil justice system. An assessment of your case will help you understand how you can pursue damages and recovery of your accident-related losses, including medical bills, rehabilitation, repair of personal property and more. A personal injury claim offers you the opportunity to seek justice and support in the aftermath of an accident caused by an aggressive driver.