Aggressive Driving Accident Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia


April 05, 2018

A large number of car accidents in Georgia are caused by distracted driving (such as texting, talking on the phone, or using apps on a smartphone, among others), running a red light, speeding, and driving under the influence.  However, aggressive driving behavior is also a cause of serious and sometimes fatal car accidents.  While many aggressive driving accidents involve traffic violations such as speeding or running a red light, there are often characteristics that make a driver’s conduct particularly aggressive, as discussed below.

What is Aggressive Driving?

The act of aggressive driving encompasses a wide variety of conduct that can range in severity.  For example, a driver may decide to follow a car too closely with the intention of intimidating the other driver.  Or, a driver may intentionally swerve into another lane to cut off another driver.  While both of these examples can result in a serious accident, the conduct of following too closely, although aggressive, may not be as extreme as cutting another driver off.

Common examples of aggressive driving include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Speeding (more than simply 5 or 10 miles above the speed limit);
  • Running a red light or stop sign;
  • Street racing;
  • Intentionally braking to force vehicles from behind to slam on their brakes (often known as “brake checking”);
  • Swerving in and out of lanes without signaling;
  • Following a car too closely, also known as “tailgating,”; and
  • Road rage (such as yelling at other drivers, flipping other drivers off, following a driver with the intent to intimidate, and even showing a gun or other weapon to another driver). 

Aggressive driving is extremely dangerous and places all drivers and passengers on the roadway at risk for suffering injury or death.  The impact of two or more vehicles colliding is often not considered when a driver chooses to drive aggressively.

What Does Georgia Law Say About Aggressive Driving?

Under Georgia law, aggressive driving, which is considered a serious traffic offense, is defined as a person operating a “motor vehicle with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person.”  Aggressive driving is typically accompanied by another traffic offense, such as speeding, changing lanes without signaling, or running a red light, among others.  A person who is guilty of aggressive driving in Georgia is guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.

Consequences of Georgia Aggressive Driving Accidents

All car accidents have the potential to cause permanent and fatal injuries.  However, when car accidents are caused by aggressive driving, the aftermath can be especially devastating as aggressive driving is most certainly preventable behavior.  Many victims of aggressive driving accidents in Georgia suffer from a wide range of injuries that include, among others, the following:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), including concussions and other open and closed head injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Back, neck and spinal cord injuries that may lead to paralysis;
  • Burns;
  • Cuts and gashes;
  • Internal organ damage;
  • Internal bleeding;
  • Any injury requiring surgical intervention; and
  • Death.

One act of aggressive driving can change a person’s life forever.  In addition to physical pain and mental anguish, a victim of aggressive driving may no longer be able to work and keep up with the bills.  A Georgia aggressive driving accident can have a snowball effect on a victim who is simply trying to get from point A to point B.  Because the consequences of a Georgia aggressive driving accident can be severe and long-lasting, anyone who has sustained injuries in an aggressive driving accident should consider speaking with an attorney at Montlick & Associates.  Our attorneys can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened and advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

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If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-four years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Source: https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-40/chapter-6/article-15/40-6-397/

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Atlanta, GA 30329
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Category: Auto Accidents

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