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Atlanta, Georgia Road Rage / Aggressive Driving Car Accident Lawyer

Drivers are expected and required to be reasonably careful when they drive and to respect the rights of others on the road. Unfortunately, some drivers choose to behave in an aggressive manner behind the wheel while others will be provoked to aggression through “road rage,” or anger at traffic or the behavior of other drivers.

When a driver is aggressive or gives into road rage, he significantly increases the chances of an auto accident. Unfortunately, there may be innocent victims hurt in a crash caused by road rage. At Sammons and Carpenter, P.C., our experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers can represent those who have been the victim of an aggressive driving accident. We can help you to ensure that the aggressive driver is held legally responsible and made to compensate you for your losses.

The Dangers of Road Rage/Aggressive Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as a “combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” There are many different behaviors that are viewed as aggressive behavior behind the wheel including:
  • Tailgating (leaving an insufficient following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you);
  • Failure to yield ;
  • Passing on the inside;
  • Illegal passing;
  • Weaving in and out of traffic/lanes;
  • Driving through red lights;
  • Driving through stop signs;
  • Disregarding traffic signals; and,
  • Significantly exceeding the speed limit.
All of these aggressive driving behaviors are extremely dangerous for drivers. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, there are more than 13,000 deaths every year in the United States as a result of drivers going too fast for conditions or exceeding the speed limit. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) also reported that the risks of speeding are exacerbated when drivers speed in conjunction with other aggressive driving behaviors. These drivers, therefore, present the greatest risk to themselves and to others.

An Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can assist you in holding an aggressive driver liable for any accident he causes. We can work with you to gather the evidence you need to build a strong case and prove your crash occurred as a result of distracted driving.   

Road Rage and Aggressive Driving Put Everyone at Risk
A huge number of accidents in the United States occur each year as a result of aggressive driving or road rage. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that as many as 56 percent of all crashes in the United States can be attributed to aggressive behavior behind the wheel.

Aggressive driving is more likely to cause fatal accidents or serious injuries because:
  • Crashes involving aggressive drivers often occur at high speeds, which means that there is greater force;
  • Aggressive drivers are often unable to swerve or move out of the way in order to avoid head-on or direct collisions; and,
  • Aggressive drivers generally don’t have full control over their vehicles.
An aggressive driver should be required to fully compensate injured victims for all of their economic and non-economic losses. This includes compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Wrongful death damages are also required and are paid to family members of victims killed in an aggressive driving crash.  An experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney at Sammons and Carpenter, P.C. can help you to take legal action if you have been involved in a crash resulting from aggressive driving behaviors.

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer
The behaviors involved in aggressive driving accidents are generally illegal, so you may be able to obtain compensation by proving that the other driver violated road safety laws in a way that caused your car accident. Driving in an aggressive manner or engaging in road rage is also unreasonably negligent and you can thus prove that the other driver’s carelessness led to your crash.

At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys will assist you in proving your claim for damages. We can negotiate an out-of-court settlement for compensation or go to court on your behalf to obtain the damages you deserve.

To learn more about how we can help, give us a call at (404) 991-5950 or contact us online today to set up a free consultation.

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