Aggressive Driving Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving accounts for 30% of all car accidents across the country. Many of those occur right here in San Francisco. When motorists drive aggressively, they put the lives of others at risk. This behavior causes serious injuries, and accident victims are often left unable to work for months while they recover. It is for this reason that anyone injured by an aggressive driver should speak to a San Francisco aggressive driving accident lawyer as soon as possible.What is Aggressive Driving?
The California Vehicle Code, Section 23103, defines aggressive driving as reckless driving. When someone operates a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others, he or she is guilty of reckless driving. Examples of aggressive driving include:
- Impaired driving
- Braking suddenly
- Failing to use turn signals
- Making illegal turns
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Distracted driving
- Street racing
- Failure to abide by traffic lights and signs
- Using the wrong side of the road to pass
When a driver engages in any of these behaviors, it causes some of the most serious injuries seen on the roads.Injuries Caused by Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is often fatal for accident victims. When accident victims do survive the crash, they often suffer from some of the most severe injuries. These include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Multiple broken bones
- Facial lacerations and fractures
- Chest injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
Any time someone has sustained these or any other injuries due to an aggressive driver, he or she should reach out an aggressive driving accident attorney in San Francisco for help pursuing compensation.Liability in San Francisco Aggressive Driving Accidents
In most car accident cases, injured individuals wishing to file a lawsuit must prove the other party was negligent. Negligence is the legal theory upon which nearly all personal injury lawsuits rest. It is acting with carelessness or recklessness in a manner that threatens the safety of others.
In cases that involve aggressive driving specifically, accident victims may be able to prove liability by establishing intentional conduct. This is known as negligence per se. When arguing negligence per se, the accident victim must show the defendant acted willingly and voluntarily, with the knowledge it would likely end with certain consequences.
Drivers should know, for example, that driving while impaired can cause an accident. As such, if a motorist engages in this behavior, anyone injured could establish negligence per se. A San Francisco aggressive driving accident lawyer can help accident victims establish negligence and negligence per se, depending on which one is right for their case.Hurt by an Aggressive Driver?
If you have been injured by an aggressive driver, you could be entitled to compensation. However, you should not take on the insurance company or at-fault driver alone. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, our aggressive driving accident attorneys in San Francisco have the necessary experience to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation so we can discuss your legal options.