Aggressive Driving Car Accident Lawyers in Austin
Texas Aggressive Driving Attorneys
Have you ever been stuck in front of a tailgater? Has a driver incessantly blown the horn or flashed the headlights at you? Has another motorist cut you off and jammed on the brakes right in front of you? Has a car flown past you on the shoulder or swerved into an oncoming lane to pass? If you can say “yes” to any of those questions, you have been the victim of aggressive driving.
Countless cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles travel on Texas roads each day, and there is no room for such dangerous behavior. Traffic congestion, combined with roads that are not built to handle the volume, can often frustrate motorists and cause them to drive dangerously. The tragic consequence is that many Texans die or are seriously injured in aggressive driving crashes each year.
People who choose to drive recklessly and cause harm to others are negligent, and they can be held liable for their actions under Texas law. If you suffered a personal injury or lost a loved one in a Texas aggressive driving accident, The Bob Richardson Law Firm can help.
For more than 30 years, we have successfully represented clients in in Austin, Waco and the surrounding Texas communities, including Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor and Belton. Call 800-880-5100 now or fill out our online contact form for a case review at no charge to you.
Aggressive Driving In Texas Can Kill
According to the most recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation, there were no deathless days on state highways and roads in 2010. On average, one person dies every 2 hours and 54 minutes in Texas vehicle crashes. Injury accidents are even more frequent, with one person hurt every 2 minutes and 26 seconds. Sadly, aggressive driving behaviors often contribute to these deadly wrecks.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Many people equate aggressive driving with road rage, but NHTSA makes the two concepts distinct. By its definition, road rage is a criminal offense and can constitute assault by motor vehicle. By contrast, aggressive driving is a traffic offense and offenders may also face civil penalties.
Examples of aggressive driving include:
- Swerving in and out of lanes unnecessarily
- Failure to yield
- Blocking vehicles on purpose
- Passing illegally (such as on the shoulder of the road)
- Slowing down intentionally to frustrate a tailgater
- Failure to signal turns or lane changes
- Flashing the headlights
- Overuse of the horn
- Verbal insults
- Obscene gestures
- Confrontational body language
- Reckless driving.
Staying Safe Around Aggressive Drivers in Texas
There is no way to reduce your chances of encountering an aggressive driver on the road, but you can lessen the likelihood of an accident by reacting to the danger properly. Here’s how:
- Don’t respond to aggressive driving with anger: Your heightened emotions could cause you to drive negligently and cause an accident.
- Don’t take it personally: Aggressive drivers are probably not out to get you. They may just be impatient or in a bad mood. That doesn’t, however, excuse the behavior.
- Don’t make any sudden moves on the road: If you’re being tailgated, don’t rush to move over unless it is safe to do so.
- Wear your seat belt: Restraints are proven to significantly reduce the severity of injuries in car accidents and can save lives.
- Contact the authorities: If you are frightened for yourself and other motorists, call 911 to report the aggressive driver. Try to get a license plate number and vehicle description, if it’s safe to do so.
Injured By An Aggressive Driver? Talk With Our Texas Car Accident Lawyers
In Texas, reckless drivers can face criminal and civil penalties when they drive aggressively and cause an accident. After an accident, victims may be entitled to compensation to help with their medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, property damage and other losses.
To find out what types of damages you may be able to recover, contact The Bob Richardson Law Firm today at 800-880-5100 or through our online form. The initial consultation is free. Our aggressive driving accident attorneys serve clients in Austin, Waco and the surrounding Texas areas, including Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor and Belton.