At GoldenbergLaw, experience has shown our car accident lawyers in Minneapolis and St. Paul that aggressive driving — or any act behind-the-wheel that endangers other people or property — is a serious, daily hazard.
If you live in or around Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota and have been seriously injured in a car accident that was caused by another person's aggressive, negligent or illegal driving, please contact one of the auto accident lawyers at GoldenbergLaw online or by telephone for your free case review: 612-436-5026.
Why Aggressive Driving Matters
Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys know that aggressive driving is a serious threat on today’s roads, and we’re not alone. According to the AAA Foundation, 80 percent of today’s American drivers deem aggressive driving to be something that regularly jeopardizes their safety.
Exactly what is aggressive driving? The following behaviors qualify:
- Failure to yield
- Failure to obey traffic signals and stop signs
- Passing in no-passing zones
- Passing on the inside
- Weaving in and out of traffic lanes.
- Excessive speed
- Road rage
- Other unsafe passing behaviors
Transportation experts and government legislators all concur that aggressive driving is a growing trend nationwide. Statistics back up that premise.
- Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all American car accident fatalities each year, according to AAA.
- The most common of these behaviors, speeding, costs society more than $70,000 a minute, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Speed-related crashes cost society more than $36 billion a year, per the NHTSA.
- Crash severity increases exponentially the faster a vehicle is traveling at the time of an accident
- The likelihood that a car accident victim will suffer death, disfigurement, or a debilitating injury grows with higher crash speeds.
Unfortunately, most drivers concede that they have engaged in some form of aggressive driving.
Many drivers simply fail to recognize just how dangerous speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors can be to their own passengers as well as others on the road.
What’s worse: When parents speed or engage in other aggressive driving acts, their youngsters receive a silent message that these behaviors aren’t a big deal. Consider that about a third of all American drivers under age 25 admit to speeding with regularity, and nearly half of all fatal car accidents involving teenagers were caused by speeding or racing.
Here’s one final reason that drivers in Minneapolis, St. Paul and nationwide should be seriously concerned about aggressive driving: When a car accident happens at high speed, the ability of restraint or safety equipment such as seat belts or air bags to protect passengers significantly diminishes.
Our Lawyers Can Help
If you live in or around Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota and have been seriously injured in a car accident that was caused by another person's aggressive, negligent or illegal driving, please contact one of the car accident lawyers at GoldenbergLaw online or by telephone for your free case review: 612-436-5026.