When it comes to dangerous road behavior, aggressive driving is a leading cause of accidents. To be sure, data published by the AAA Foundation reveals that over a five-year period, over half of all fatal crashes in the United States involved at least one aggressive driver. 

If you’ve been in an accident with an aggressive driver, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries and damages you’ve suffered. Consider the following behaviors that constitute aggressive driving, and call our experienced Boston car accident lawyer for legal counsel–

Aggressive Driving Behaviors

Aggressive driving is defined as the operation of a motor vehicle in an unsafe and hostile manner without regard for others. There are numerous different actions that may constitute aggressive driving, including:

  • Speeding. Driving above the speed limit, as well as driving at a speed that is unsafe for conditions, especially in heavy traffic, is aggressive.
  • Tailgating. It’s not uncommon to see drivers who are following too closely when on Boston’s roads. Often, this is because the rear driver is trying to “send a message” that the driver ahead is traveling too slowly or engaging in another behavior the rear driver is dissatisfied with. Whatever the reason, tailgating is never safe and never acceptable. 
  • Cutting in front of another driver or weaving in and out of traffic. Another thing that drivers may do to express their frustration with traffic or others on the road is to purposely cut in front of another driver and then slow down, or weaving in and out of traffic. 
  • Running red lights and stop signs. One of the most dangerous things that a driver can do is to run a red light or a stop sign, especially when traffic levels are high. Running traffic lights and signs significantly increases the risk of a T-bone collision, one of the more deadly accident types.
  • Performing other illegal maneuvers and demonstrating road rage. Other illegal maneuvers, such as changing lanes without signaling first, are very dangerous and should be avoided, despite how frustrating traffic is. Other acts of road rage, such as honking one’s horn, gesturing to other drivers, yelling at other drivers, using brakes or headlights to “punish” other drivers, and more are all unacceptable as well. These actions can lead to car accidents and acts of physical aggression and assault.

What to Do Following an Accident with an Aggressive Driver

If you’ve been involved in an accident with an aggressive driver, you deserve to be compensated. The best way to preserve your right to compensation is to file a police report, seek medical care, report the accident to your insurer, gather evidence, and contact an experienced Boston car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

At the law offices of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., we offer free consultations for car accident cases and can meet with you at your convenience. Please send us a message or call us at (617) 973-9950 to get started.