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Aggressive Driving can Cause Serious Accidents

Car accidents affect millions of people every year, sometimes resulting in serious injuries that can leave people with long-term medical complications. When these accidents are caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, victims may be able to recover for their injuries by bringing a Georgia personal injury claim. One of the more common causes of car accidents is aggressive driving, which is against the law in Georgia. People who have been injured in an accident caused by aggressive driving may be able to recover substantial compensation for the driver or his or her insurance. The best way to make sure you get the compensation you deserve in to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

 

Under Georgia’s aggressive driving statute, aggressive driving is defined as:

 

“Intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure or obstruct another person, while doing one or more of the following: overtaking and passing another vehicle; violating traffic lane markings; following too closely; violating signal, lane change, slowing or stopping laws; impeding traffic flows; reckless driving.”


As such, authorities have wide discretion in determining what type of conduct constitutes aggressive driving. Some of the more common type of conduct that could be considered aggressive driving include:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Offensive gestures or shouting
  • Flashing high-beams
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Sudden stops
  • Blocking traffic

There are many more examples of behavior that could be aggressive driving. Regardless of the form it takes, aggressive driving that results in injury may entitle victims to financial recovery.  After an accident, make sure to record as much information regarding the accident as possible, and obtain an official incident reports that are generated. In addition, make sure that you and any other occupants of your vehicle undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible after an accident.

Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by aggressive driving, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia