How Does Aggressive Driving Lead to Auto Accidents?

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As you may know, aggressive driving, sometimes known as road rage, is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. In fact, according to a survey conducted by The Zebra, 82% of drivers in the United States admit to having driven aggressively at least once in the last year. While it is sometimes easy to let our emotions get the best of us while behind the wheel, this behavior is dangerous and can lead to very serious accidents and injuries. If you were recently injured by an aggressive driver and are looking to pursue financial compensation, please continue reading and reach out to a dedicated Stamford, Connecticut auto accident lawyer from our legal team to learn more about how we can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What does aggressive driving look like?

Aggressive driving doesn’t always look the same, but the one thing all of the following types of behavior have in common is that they are all dangerous and put drivers and others at risk of severe injuries. Some common examples of aggressive driving include:

  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Making obscene gestures or yelling at other motorists
  • Cutting others off, especially without using a blinker
  • Flashing high beams at other motorists
  • Tailgating other drivers
  • Ignoring stop signs or other traffic signals
  • Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks

What steps should I take after an auto accident with an aggressive driver?

If you’re injured in an auto accident with an aggressive driver, you should call 911 immediately. Law enforcement can ensure you receive medical treatment and de-escalate the situation if the other driver behaves threateningly or violently. You should also photograph damage to the vehicle and the scene, and even video aberrant behavior (if you can do so safely), gather witness contact information, and ensure you keep copies of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries. Finally, you should hire a lawyer who can work to collect all other information you may need to prove your claim.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Connecticut?

In the state of Connecticut, accident victims are required to file their personal injury claims within two years of the date the accident occurred, in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. Waiting any longer than two years from the date of your accident will likely result in you permanently losing your right to sue. That said, you should understand that the sooner you bring your claim to our firm’s attention, the better off you will be. Give us a call or contact us online so we can get started working on your case. Call 203-325-8600 or email us by clicking on the CONTACT US tab at the top of our website.