Road rage and aggressive driving can lead to motor vehicle collisions, injuries or death. Aggressive driving, such as speeding, switching lanes recklessly and/or without signals and following other vehicles too closely, can lead to collisions. If someone is injured in an accident caused by aggressive driving, the driver can be held liable for the damages, injuries or deaths that result from the collision.
Road rage, an intense form of aggressive driving, involves a driver that becomes so enraged with a driving incident that he or she reacts violently with threatening behavior or physical confrontation. Road rage is a criminal offense under Illinois law.
If you have been involved in an accident that involved road rage or aggressive driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and/or property damage in a personal injury lawsuit. The skilled Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC have years of experience representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, including those victims of road rage. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving road rage, contact one of our Illinois motor vehicle accident attorneys to discuss your legal rights and remedies.
Road rage and other forms of aggressive driving can include:
- Frequent or reckless lane changes
- Failing to signal lane changes or turns
- Tailgating (i.e. following too closely)
- Failing to yield right of way
- Needlessly flashing headlights
- Making obscene gestures while driving
- Obstructing other vehicles
- Physical or verbal threats and/or abuse
Road rage accidents are frequently caused because drivers overreact to careless or inconsiderate driving errors made by other drivers. It is important to remember to stay calm to avoid escalating the situation. If you are confronted by a driver with road rage, pull over and stay in your car. If you feel threatened, you should contact the police immediately.
Contact the Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you if you have been in an auto accident involving road rage.