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Driver Negligence – Aggressive Driving

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Aggressive driving has become a serious problem on our roads. It is when an individual deliberately endangers others without regard to safety. Aggressive driving is sometimes known as “road rage”. It can lead to serious violence, injuries, or death. Common behaviors include:
• tailgating
• weaving
• dangerous lane changes
If you were involved in an accident involving a truck driver who was driving aggressively and dangerously on the roads, contact The Garcia Law Firm. Truck drivers have long hauls and need to make deadlines; however, this is not a reason for endangering the lives of others. We work hard for our clients and make sure you are compensated for any out-of-pocket expenses you incur.

Overview
Aggressive driving is normally charged under the reckless driving statute but criminal charges can be brought depending on the circumstances. Aggressive driving is extremely dangerous when large trucks are involved. A fully loaded semi-truck can weight as much as 80,000 pounds. If it is involved with a passenger car weighing between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds, the results can be deadly.

Tailgating
An aggressive driver following too close can be a frightening experience for any driver. If you have someone following too closely, check your speed and increase it if need be. Allow the driver time to establish an appropriate distance. Do not react with anger or frustration; remain calm. If you have the opportunity to change lanes, do so. If you are on a one-lane road, if it is safe, pull over and allow the driver to pass you. If you are feeling threatened by an aggressive driver, pull off at the nearest public establishment.

Weaving
It is unsafe to weave in and out of traffic. Stay in one lane. Proceed through the intersection and if you want to make a turn, signal and do so. A last-second change may cause an accident. If you missed your turn, continue and work your way back when you can.

Dangerous Lane Changes
Semi truck drivers know blind spots prevent them from seeing other vehicles near them. They must take extra precautions when changing lanes. Newer trucks have devices to help drivers avoid accidents caused by blind spots. Other reasons for lane changing accidents are failure to signal, a broken side mirror and moving into the right lane too quickly. Finally, trucks make wide right-hand turns. A truck may not be able to see a vehicle in the left lane.

If you have been in an accident caused by an aggressive truck driver, one who was “all over the road”, contact The Garcia Law Firm and speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. Our attorneys will determine if you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Call for a free consultation at (800) 281-8515. There is no risk or obligation. And remember, you don’t pay unless we win your case.
 

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