There are countless types of behaviors that are seen as undesirable on the roadway. Driving under the influence, also known as drunk driving, is a plague on the roadways and has been the cause of countless motor vehicle accidents. Similarly, drivers who are distracted by such behaviors as texting and driving, can be associated with some of the most heinous of car accidents.
Most people, however, do not realize that even the emotional state of the driver can be a playing factor in many car accidents. Angry drivers often fall victim to what is commonly dubbed "road rage" and can participate in dangerous and aggressive driving behaviors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of the common behaviors associated to an aggressive driver include the following:
The NHTSA describes aggressive driving to be behavior that is not attributed to negligence or carelessness – rather, it is typically behavior that is a pattern of driving habits that endangers not only the driver but every other driver on the road. It can be described as a purposeful sequence of habits. This has proven to be a significant enough problem that many have conducted studies to note just how big of a problem it can pose.
In a study commission by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study, the patterns associated with road rage were carefully tracked. In a six year study from 1990 to 1996, there were over 10,000 incidents that were categorized as involving aggressive driving. These caused over 200 wrongful deaths. Even more frightening than this, however, was the fact that this caused over 12,000 related serious injuries. This is a frightening snapshot of how many victims are suffering from this type of driving behavior every day.
In most cases it was found that aggressive drivers simply "snapped" because of strain in another area of their life. This means that in any situation, any of the drivers around you on the road could be on the brink of road rage. In fact, in a study from the Automobile Association it was discovered that a nine out of ten drivers admitted to having experienced road rage and six out of ten had completely lost their temper while driving.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Pasadena, a key part of your case will lie in your lawyer's ability to prove fault on the other driver. In some cases, this can be clearly defined if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was over the legal limit or if they had fallen asleep behind the wheel. It can be a little more difficult to prove aggression, but at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus we are not deterred.
Contact our law firm immediately following the accident and you will be able to trust that we will be there at the scene of the accident to find key evidence. If needed, we will get the involvement of key experts to reconstruct the accident and to help us prove our point – we will even use reanimation is the case calls for you.
No matter the lengths that we will have to go, you will be able to trust that we will pursue them. Receiving fair financial compensation is vital to the success of your case, and we will fight to help achieve it.