Many of us have had the experience of crossing paths with an angry motorist while we are driving on a Pennsylvania road. Such encounters can turn an otherwise perfectly fine drive into an annoying or even nerve-wracking experience.
But in addition to the emotional upset such moments may cause, there is also the very real threat of the situation turning dangerous or even deadly. This sort of reckless on-the-road behavior is known as aggressive driving and it is unlawful.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, aggressive driving plays a role in many of the fatal motor vehicle accidents occurring in the U.S. Aggressive driving is defined by the NHTSA as operating a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or holds the likelihood of endangering people or property.
Making improper lane changes, speeding and passing improperly are all illegal driving acts that could be deemed as aggressive driving.
A person may drive aggressively for any number of reasons. They may be upset with the flow of traffic or experiencing stress in some other part of their life. Of course, they could also simply be selfish and unconcerned with the safety of others.
But there is simply no excuse for driving in a way that places others in danger. Should an aggressive driver push things too far, the result could be a serious collision. If this happens, the victims of their recklessness could be catastrophically injured. Such injuries frequently lead to periods of hospitalization and large medical bills.
Aggressive driving could also be considered negligent driving. If you or someone in your family is ever harmed due to the negligence of another driver, you may be able to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit.
A Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident attorney could investigate the circumstances of your collision. The attorney may then be able to provide you with advice and representation in aid to your quest of recompense.