Consulting with an Atlanta car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith may prove helpful in evaluating your options if you or a loved one was injured due to another’s negligent driving. Compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more may be available through an injury claim.
Distracted driving is a common problem that can lead to an accident, but aggressive driving is another type of driving behavior that can cause accidents. Aggressive driving may encompass a wide range of driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating other drivers, cutting in front of another vehicle, swerving, or erratic lane changes.
In Georgia, the state defines aggressive driving as operating an automobile “with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person” (Georgia Code Section § 40-6-397).
Particular aggressive actions include:
- failure to signal;
- overtaking stopped school bus;
- failure to yield; and
- improper passing.
Charges, fees, and other penalties may vary depending on the specific offense and the circumstances surrounding it. Of course, in some cases, an aggressive driver may lose control of his or her vehicle and cause a collision with another driver or object. This type of negligence may result in property damage, injuries, or even death. In such situations, victims may file a claim to recover damages resulting from the accident.
Testimony from witnesses or a police officer who saw the driver, especially if in pursuit, could help substantiate your claims if you were injured in an accident caused by aggressive driving. Despite the very real dangers of aggressive driving behaviors, they aren’t the only cause for a car accident. Other types of negligent drivers could cause a crash as well.
Seeking Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-487-8999 (Peachtree City) or 404-513-5415 (Atlanta) to discuss your case with an Atlanta car accident attorney. You may also order a copy of our FREE book, which offers tips on protecting your rights and your claim.