Aggressive driving is a term used to describe driving behavior that is dangerous or that disregards road and safety laws. Examples of aggressive driving conduct include:
In many instances, aggressive driving can stem from road rage or confrontations between drivers in traffic. Provoking other drivers can sometimes cause them to become aggressive drivers.
Aggressive driving conduct becomes illegal in certain instances. These instances include:
Thus, police and other authorities often evaluate these factors when determining whether driving conduct is considered a violation or not.
Legal consequences for aggressive driving can range in severity. They may include simple fines, citations, or traffic tickets. Some serious cases can involve more serious misdemeanor charges, resulting in heavier fines, loss of driving privileges, and/or some jail time. Penalties may increase with factors such as:
In some civil cases, the defendant may be required to pay punitive damages if it is found that they engaged in aggressive driving leading up to the accident.
Aggressive driving charges can be serious if they are combined with other legal issues. You may need to hire a qualified criminal lawyer if you are facing charges involving driving violations. Your attorney can help you with your case and can research the laws to determine your rights. Also, if there are any defenses available for you, your attorney can help present those during court proceedings as well.
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