Omaha Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer
Everybody gets frustrated now and then. But if a person allows their anger to get the best of them while driving a car, the results can be tragic. When a driver’s frustration causes them to engage in careless, hostile, or hazardous behavior, they become a threat to everyone on the road.
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There’s simply no place for aggressive driving on Nebraska’s roads and highways. If you have been in injured by the deliberately unsafe actions of another driver, you have the right to be compensated for the cost of your medical care and other expenses caused by the accident. To learn more, call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. today at (402) 505-8234 and schedule a FREE consultation.
We’ve all been there. You’re late for work, you had a bad day, you’ve been arguing with your kids, you’re stressed out and overworked. There are a lot of things that can make a person get upset. And if somebody cuts you off on the road, you could lose your temper. At times like these, a driver needs to take a deep breath and relax.
The last thing a person wants to do is take out their frustrations on fellow drivers when they are operating a heavy, dangerous motor vehicle. Unfortunately, some people will drive in an unsafe manner when they get upset.
Aggressive driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle with deliberate disregard for other drivers. Unlike many other states, Nebraska doesn’t have a separate statute for aggressive driving, but there are a number of infractions that a driver can be charged with for aggressive driving practices.
If a police officer feels that a driver is behaving with “an indifferent or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property,” they may even charge the driver with reckless driving, which carries a maximum penalty of up to three months in jail for a first offense.
Speeding, failure to stay in your lane, and not allowing another driver to pass are all examples of aggressive driver behavior. Everyone in Nebraska has the right to use our public roads without being hassled, threatened, or inconvenienced by an aggressive driver.
Aggressive driving doesn’t just annoy people, it can actually endanger your life. According to safemotorist.com, almost two thirds of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. Examples of aggressive driving include:
- Blocking other drivers
- Ignoring traffic laws
- Excessive honking
- Running a red light
- Cutting off other drivers
- Making an illegal turn
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Driving on the sidewalk or shoulder
- Passing where it is prohibited
- Not using a turn signal to change lanes
- Flashing headlights or high beam
To stay safe on the road, it’s important to avoid aggressive drivers as much as possible. Aggressive drivers may be subject to acts of road rage, which is defined by the National Safety Council as “a physical assault of a person or a vehicle as a result of a traffic incident.”
Always be courteous to other drivers and give them room to maneuver. Be sure to signal all lane changes in advance. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road, don’t engage with them or retaliate. Keep a safe distance, avoid eye contact, and call the police if necessary. Never pull over for an aggressive driver because that could leave you vulnerable to attack.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the careless actions of another driver, you shouldn’t have to pay for your own medical expenses. Your Omaha car accident lawyer will investigate the accident and file a claim against the other driver’s insurance company to help you get to compensation you deserve.
At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we know how to take on the big insurance companies and win. Call (402) 505-8234 today for a FREE consultation. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so we only collect a fee when we get you a settlement.
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