Drivers who operate their vehicles in an aggressive or reckless manner create significant risks of an accident, and put themselves and motorists around them in danger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property,” and asserts that a significant percentage of the estimated 6.8 million accidents each year involve aggressive drivers. The NHSTA allows states that thousands of injuries and an unfortunate number of fatalities occur in aggressive driving accidents.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you need an attorney who fights to help you recover compensation for your losses. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, our Baltimore aggressive accident lawyers leverage more than 15 years of experience to help victims pursue justice for all losses, including:
∙ Medical expenses
∙ Lost wages
∙ Pain and suffering
∙ Ongoing care
∙ Loss of a loved one
A survey of many law enforcement departments throughout the country revealed several driver behaviors that are thought of as aggressive driving, including:
∙ Excessive speed: Drivers who operate at high speeds create dangerous situations, not only for themselves but also for drivers around them. Excessive speed is one of the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving.
∙ Unsafe lane changes: Most commonly occurring on freeways and multiple lane highways, unsafe lane changes present significant dangers to other drivers. When a driver weaves in and out of traffic, either to avoid backups or increase speed, the risk for an accident is high, especially when the unsafe lane changes are coupled with high speeds.
∙ Failure to use turn signal: Drivers who make sudden turns without using turn signals may create a dangerous situation for other drivers. This is especially dangerous in situations involving blind corners and poor weather conditions.
∙ Tailgating: When a driver follows too closely behind the vehicle in front of them, the chances for a rear-end collision are greatly increased. Traffic safety experts suggest leaving more than three car lengths between vehicles to provide ample time to brake or avoid an accident.
∙ Ignoring traffic signs and controls: Drivers who ignore traffic control devices, such as stop signs or stop lights create the potential for an accident. When drivers ignore these controls, they put themselves and other drivers in the area at risk of serious and catastrophic injuries.
Aggressive driving cases may not always be as cut and dry as you might think. In some cases, proving that the other driver acted recklessly and that their actions led to the accident is a complex process. Fortunately, our years of experience and our knowledge of Maryland injury law arms us with the tools we need to build your case.
To prove the aggressive driver’s negligence, our staff:
∙ Gathers evidence from the scene
∙ Interviews witnesses
∙ Gathers and reviews all police reports
∙ Consults experts
Once we have built your case, we begin the process of negotiating a settlement with the negligent party and their insurance provider. If a settlement that covers all of your losses cannot be reached, we take your case to trial to pursue a judgment for compensation.
When you have been in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, it is important to consult an attorney as quickly as possible. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, our staff begins building your case the moment you retain us. Throughout your proceedings, you have direct access to our Baltimore aggressive driving accident lawyers, and are given the detailed advice you need to make the most informed and effective decisions possible.
To schedule a free consultation, call our Baltimore personal injury law firm at (410) 727-7887, toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online today.
Being injured in a serious accident or due to a medical error can impact every aspect of your life. Along with physical pain and financial hardship, such injuries can cause severe emotional anguish to you and your family.
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC understand your distress. We are experienced and tenacious and have secured numerous recoveries for our personal injury clients.