Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities, as reported by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The majority of all drivers recognize that aggressive driving is dangerous, yet half of these drivers admit to engaging in aggressive driving behavior on occasion. Aggressive driving can encompass speeding, swerving, disregarding traffic signals, tailgating, and much more. All of these risky behaviors can lead to serious accidents or even death.

At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago car accident lawyers are dedicated to assisting people injured in car accidents involving aggressive driving across Illinois. Our law firm has over 45 years of experience that we will bring to your aggressive driving accident case. We believe that anyone injured due to another’s reckless conduct deserves just compensation, and we will fight for your rights.

What is Aggressive Driving?

The term aggressive driving emerged in the 1990’s. It is used to describe a group of dangerous driving behaviors that can place drivers and those around them at significant risk. Aggressive driving encompasses the following driving actions:

  • Speeding, which includes exceeding the speed limit for the conditions
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Improper turning
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Following too closely
  • Shining your “brights” on drivers
  • Flashing your headlights
  • Illegal passing
  • Attempting to force drivers off the road
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Cutting other drivers off

At times, aggressive driving will escalate to include gestures of anger, confrontation, yelling, physical assault, and at times even murder. This kind of aggressive driving is typically referred to as “road rage.”

What You Should Do If Confronted by an Aggressive Driver

If you are driving and witness another driver behaving in an aggressive manner, you should first try to steer clear of the driver. Get into another lane, drop back, or even exit the roadway, if it is safe to do so. Try to maintain your composure and never respond with obscene gestures or aggressive behavior back, as this may only further incite the driver. If you feel the driver poses a threat to your safety or those around you, call the appropriate law enforcement agency and report the driver.

Holding Aggressive Drivers in Chicago Accountable

When a driver behaves in an aggressive manner and causes the injury or death of another driver, he or she should be held accountable. Aggressive drivers violate the rights of the road by disobeying speed and traffic signals. They also behave negligently by failing to drive in a safe manner that aims to prevent injury to others. In Illinois, negligent drivers may be liable to cover the expenses inflicted on those they injure, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Permanent disability

At times, the victims of aggressive drivers may be eligible to receive punitive damages. These damages are intended to punish the aggressive driver and deter such conduct. Punitive damages are only awarded under special circumstances involving dangerous, willful, or reckless conduct.

Put Our Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience to Work on Your Case!

Aggressive drivers endanger the lives of themselves and everyone around them. If you have been injured by an aggressive driver, contact the Chicago Car Accident Lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Our compassionate firm believes that every client should be treated like our only client. We vigorously strive to see that each of our injured clients recover the full amount to which they are entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at (312) 422-0506 or by filling out a free contact form online.