Drivers who turn aggressive while behind the wheel are a danger to other motorists on Wisconsin’s streets and highways. Tailgating, speeding, weaving in and out of lanes and other reckless conduct create an extreme hazard for other drivers on our roads and highways.

A study issued in 2012 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed unsettling facts about aggressive driving behavior — and the high risks for other drivers who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Legal Representation in Injury and Death Claims Related to Aggressive Driving

At Gruber Law Offices in Milwaukee, our legal team is committed to helping the injured or families who have lost a loved one. Aggressive driving is negligent driving, and the vehicle operator who took these risks must be held accountable for justice to be served.

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Contact us today for more information about your case. Aggressive driving injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis – if we don’t win, you owe no attorney’s fees. We are committed to you and your loved ones’ future and well-being. Call now to speak with an attorney and receive a free consultation.

From our office in Milwaukee we serve all of southeastern Wisconsin, including Kenosha, Madison, Racine and Waukesha.

The Role of Aggressive Driving in Fatal Crashes

Aggressive driving behavior has led to many deaths and severe injuries. The NHTSA reports several driver-related factors may show an accident involved aggressive driving. These factors include:

The most consistently dangerous form of aggressive driving is speeding, whether over the posted speed limit or too fast for the driving conditions. That behavior plays a role in 30.7% of fatal accidents. Failure to yield right of way was listed as a factor in 11.4% of fatal accidents. Reckless, careless or erratic driving was cited as a factor in 7.4% of fatal accidents reviewed in the NHTSA report.

Sidebar: Extreme Aggressive Driving — Road Rage

What is road rage? Cases of “road rage” have been responsible for many deadly car crashes. Road rage is defined as driving actions that involve a showing of hostility and anger to other drivers. A normally friendly person may experience a change in personality when behind the wheel of a vehicle. He or she may become aggressive, hostile and take risks that endanger others on the road with them.

How to spot road rage. Signs of road rage include taking frustrations out on other drivers, a failure to pay attention to the safety of others, tailgating, frequent lane changes and running red lights, and most commonly, speeding.

What to do. If you are confronted by an aggressive driver, it is strongly advised that you get out of the way, do not challenge that driver in any of your actions, avoid eye contact, and do not respond to rude gestures. If you observe an aggressive driver, get out of the way and contact local law enforcement – you could save a life.

 

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