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Taylorsville, UT Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer

Impatience and frustration while driving can lead to acts of aggression. Aggressive drivers create dangerous driving conditions for everyone around them. Irrational behavior from an aggressive driver can result in a serious car accident. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed by people who drive recklessly and disregard the safety of others. 

If an aggressive driver hurt you or someone you love, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. At Fielding Law, our car accident lawyers put the needs and best interests of our clients first. We will fight to hold the responsible party liable for your accident and help you recover the maximum financial compensation you’re entitled to receive. 

Schedule a case evaluation at a time and location convenient to you. Your initial consultation is absolutely free and comes with no obligation. Call us at 877-880-4090 or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule an appointment. 

What Is Aggressive Driving?

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.” 

Examples of aggressive driving behaviors that cause traffic accidents include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Honking
  • Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
  • Drag racing
  • Yelling or rude gestures
  • Failure to signal
  • Passing where prohibited

The Difference Between Road Rage and Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving in Utah is considered to be a traffic offense and will typically end with the at-fault driver getting a traffic ticket and points on his or her license. However, extreme cases of aggressive driving can escalate to road rage. 

Road rage is a criminal offense that may result in the offending driver serving time in jail. Examples of road rage include:

  • Throwing objects
  • Sideswiping
  • Ramming
  • Forcing drivers off the road
  • Brandishing a firearm or other weapon

How to Stay Safe Near Aggressive Drivers

It’s not uncommon to encounter motorists who are displaying driving behaviors that are inconsiderate or even illegal. Aggressive drivers often try to provoke other drivers, so the best thing you can do is try to avoid them and keep your distance.

Keep the following in mind when you encounter an aggressive driver on the road:

  • Avoid eye contact
  • Increase your following distance
  • Do not accelerate
  • Remain calm and courteous
  • Do not challenge the aggressive driver
  • Call 911 if you feel physically threatened

Steps to Take After an Aggressive Driving Accident

Whether you were involved in a fender-bender or a serious collision, a car accident can be a stressful experience. You may have sustained physical injuries and your emotions are likely running high. The steps you take after being involved in a Utah aggressive driving accident can help prevent further injury and expedite the claims process. 

The following steps may help guide you through important decisions you need to make following a motor vehicle accident caused by an aggressive driver:

  • Check yourself for injuries: If you are injured, call 911 or ask someone to dial for you. Try not to move; wait for help to arrive. 
  • Determine whether your passengers or anyone else is injured: If physically able, check on your passengers and those in the other vehicles involved to see if anyone was harmed.
  • Move your vehicle away from traffic: If you’re not injured, carefully drive your vehicle to the shoulder away from the flow of traffic. However, when traffic accidents are severe and people are injured, vehicles should be left as they were. 
  • Contact emergency services: Even if the accident was minor, it’s important to call 911 after being involved in an accident. A police officer will file a police report and document the accident. This report may be needed later on when filing a claim. 
  • Document the scene: Use your smartphone to take pictures of the accident scene. This could include photos of vehicle damage, road conditions, weather conditions, injuries sustained, and anything else that could help establish fault. 
  • Obtain contact information: Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information with all parties involved in the accident. 
  • Avoid discussing fault: Be careful not to discuss fault or blame when speaking with the other driver. Even an innocent statement like “I’m sorry” can be misconstrued as an admission of guilt. 
  • Hire a car accident lawyer: If you were injured in a car accident due to the careless actions of a negligent driver, a car accident lawyer can help you determine fault and hold the responsible party liable for damages.

Why Hire a Utah Car Accident Lawyer

While it’s true that driving can be a frustrating experience, there’s no excuse for drivers who lash out and put others at risk. Unfortunately, acts of aggressive driving are becoming an increasing problem in Utah. 

If you or a loved one has been injured by an aggressive driver, the car accident attorneys at Fielding Law are here to support you every step of the way. During your initial consultation, our personal injury attorneys can offer legal advice and determine whether you have a claim for compensation. After taking on your case, we will investigate the cause of the accident, identify all liable parties, and build a solid case on your behalf. 

As your lawyers, we will file all necessary paperwork and handle all negotiations with the insurance company. Typically, car accident cases are handled out of court, but if a fair settlement can’t be reached, our lawyers are prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit and go to trial if necessary. 

Your personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Wrongful death

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

If you suffered injuries or losses due to the irresponsible behavior of an aggressive driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys are committed to making the claims process as easy as possible for our clients. 

Schedule your free consultation at a time and location convenient to you. You don’t have to come to us; we will come to you. Our attorneys can also schedule a virtual call if it is easier for you and your family.

The lawyers at Fielding Law take cases on contingency, which means you don’t owe us anything until you are awarded a settlement. Call us 24/7 or complete the online information form to book your appointment. Don’t delay – get started today.