What Constitutes Aggressive Driving in New Jersey?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Aggressive drivers who commit multiple traffic offenses at once have the potential to cause serious injury accidents and they put everyone on the road at great risk.

Aggressive driving typically involves several traffic violations. For example, a driver who is speeding, tailgating, or making unsafe lane changes is driving dangerously aggressive. Not only may aggressive drivers face multiple citations, they may also be held financially liable for any accidents and injuries they cause.

Aggressive driving is not the same as road rage, which is a criminal offense involving an assault with a vehicle or weapon. Road rage may involve loss of temper that results in an act of violence or aggression. Aggressive driving is not necessarily brought on by a particular incident. Some examples of aggressive driving include excessively speeding, tailgating, erratic lane changes and failure to obey traffic lights.

Victims of accidents caused by aggressive drivers often suffer serious injuries or death. Compensation is available to victims of aggressive drivers if the victim or the victim’s family chooses to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault motorist. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages.

The New Jersey car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help injured victims of accidents caused by aggressive drivers receive the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If an aggressive driver has injured you or a loved one, please call our law offices at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.