Award-Winning Legal Representation for Injuries Resulting from Aggressive Drivers
There’s no denying the fact that driving in and around Seattle is a frustrating experience. While most people are able to control the negative emotions they feel, some motorists lash out and put others on the road at great risk. Unfortunately, such acts of aggressive driving are becoming more and more of a problem in the Pacific Northwest.
Granted, there currently is no specific law deeming aggressive driving as a crime in Washington, Idaho, or Oregon. Drivers who do cause accidents or injuries due to aggressive driving are typically charged with the more common crime of reckless driving. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you need more than an ordinary lawyer for your recovery, you need an Advocate. Our experienced car accident attorneys are here to support you and your family every step of the way.
Unfortunately, proving you are the victim of an aggressive driver is easier said than done. Unless a police officer cites the at-fault driver for reckless driving, you will need an experienced accident lawyer to prove your case. Without proper legal representation, it will be difficult to obtain just compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered.
Here are just a few types of compensation a skilled accident attorney can obtain for your aggressive driving injury claim:
Future medical expenses
Pain and suffering
Property damage for your wrecked vehicle
Long-term emotional damage such as PTSD
After you have been injured by an aggressive driver, you deserve the best recovery possible. The attorneys with The Advocates can help you prove liability, compile your comprehensive medical records, and win you the best settlement possible. The Advocates will fully investigate your accident and determine the cause so you can prove the at-fault party behaved in an aggressive manner.
Common Car Accident FAQs
What is Aggressive Driving?
Technically, acts of aggressive driving fall under the criminal penalty of reckless driving. This traffic statute is often used in Washington State, Idaho, and Oregon as a sort of umbrella infraction meant to cover a number of acts police officers determine as operating a vehicle in an unreasonable manner. Drivers are frequently cited with reckless driving for everything from drunk driving to seemingly minor infractions like distracted driving.
The act of aggressive driving, however, may include any of the following behaviors:
- Sudden acceleration
- Rapid change of lanes
- Cutting off other drivers
- Failure to yield
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Preventing other drivers from safely changing lanes
- Blowing through stop signs or red lights
- Accelerating to beat a yellow light
- Changing lanes in an illegal manner
- Repeatedly hitting the brakes without cause
- Street racing
Too often, the aggressive behavior above leads to car crashes which would, otherwise, have been easily preventable. While most every driver is guilty of aggressive driving at some point in their lives, there are some drivers that make such recklessness a habit each and every time they get behind the wheel. In some cases, the behavior of these drivers leads to tragic results.
Aggressive Driving Injury Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving has been found to be a factor in over half of virtually all traffic fatalities in the United States. Considering the nearly 40,000 Americans who perished in automobile-related accidents in 2019, it is disturbing to realize that nearly half of these deaths were likely caused by acts of aggression on the road.
The statistics become even more harrowing when one examines the number of injuries caused by aggressive driving each year. According to statistics released by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), out of the 100,000+ car accidents reported in Washington during 2019, over 20k resulted in some form of injury. Assuming that half of these injuries were caused by aggressive drivers, it’s safe to say Washington has a major problem on its hands.
The plain fact is that aggressive driving is a scourge for drivers all throughout the Pacific Northwest. Accidents caused by aggressive behavior leave a lasting and negative impact on the lives of victims and their families. Victims often face long-term injuries, expensive medical treatments and therapy, chronic pain, and years of stress or even PTSD for several years following their accidents.
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