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Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Increase Chances of Accident

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2019 | Auto Accidents |

Did you ever look in your rearview mirror and see the driver behind you waving frantically and honking as they inch closer to your rear bumper? Cringe as a car zooms by, passing you on a double yellow line? Driving a vehicle is not without challenges and risks. When you share the roadway with others, your very life depends upon others driving safely. Aggressive driving and road rage put everyone on the road in danger. The experienced accident attorneys at Lomurro Law in New Jersey help victims of aggressive driving and road rage get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

What is “aggressive driving”?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” The term “aggressive driving” refers to a series of dangerous driving behaviors that may include – but is not limited to – any of the following offenses:

  • driving too close to the car in front of you
  • excessive speeding
  • driving through stop signs
  • changing lanes without signaling
  • running stop lights
  • weaving in and out of traffic

Aggressive driving is considered a traffic violation and is subject to the penalties of that violation.

What is “road rage”?

When aggressive driving escalates to angry and violent behavior, it can be categorized as “road rage”. Behavior that reflects road rage includes – but is not limited to – shouting in anger at another driver, gesticulating in anger, physical assault, confrontation, and behaving violently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines road rage as “an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle or precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway.” Road rage is considered a criminal offense.

Personal injury claims must be filed within two years

If you are considering filing a personal injury claim for the accident you experienced due to another’s aggressive driving or road rage, it is important to note the date of the accident. Every state has what is known as a statute of limitations – the legal timeframe for filing a claim in the civil court system. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the time the accident occurred. All claims must be filed before this deadline passes otherwise the courts can refuse to hear your case and then you will have lost your opportunity to recover any compensation for the injuries you sustained in your car accident.

We help victims of aggressive driving and road rage seek justice and compensation after an accident

As New Jersey accident lawyers, we understand the anger and frustration you experience when involved in an accident due to another person’s road rage or aggressive driving. At Lomurro Law, our accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you recover just compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Our team is available to meet with you to discuss your case, answer your questions, and address your concerns. Schedule a confidential consultation by contacting our office at 732-482-9285 or contact us online.