Reckless Driving and Aggressive Behavior: Legal Ramifications in Delaware
Not everyone realizes the legal ramifications of aggressive and reckless driving. You may not have to pay for the damages you suffered from an aggressive driver. Finding out what counts as aggressive driving and what the legal consequences are can help you assess your legal options. Reach out to a Wilmington personal injury attorney to find out today.
TYPES OF AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
Aggressive and reckless driving can take a multitude of forms. Being aware of what aggressive driving looks like can help you know when you were in an accident with an aggressive driver. This may help you better determine your legal options for compensation. The most common types of aggressive driving are:
- Failing to yield to other drivers
- Cutting off other drivers
- Hitting the brakes too quickly
- Running stop signs and red lights
- Shifting lanes frequently
- Keeping other drivers boxed in
The key difference between a driver speeding and a driver who is speeding with aggression is the driver with aggression is driving recklessly. Reckless driving means a driver is driving in such a way that the risk of harm to other drivers is significantly higher. Aggressive speeding means going well above the speed limit in response to other drivers, shifting lanes rapidly while doing so, and cutting off drivers.
Aggressive driving can be complex to identify, depending on the situation and multiple factors. Sometimes aggressive driving can look like reckless driving and other times, aggressive driving can look like careless or inattentive driving. Unlike reckless driving, careless or inattentive driving usually involves driving dangerously due to distractions or not paying close enough attention to the road.
An aggressive driver is paying attention to the road and other drivers. These are often what provoke the driver to drive aggressively whether through speeding, tailgating, or swerving quickly through various lanes.
LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
The legal consequences of aggressive driving according to Delaware laws may include fines of up to $300 or jail time of up to 30 days. In some cases, those charged with aggressive driving are also required to complete a class in behavior modification or attitudinal driving. A driver can be charged in Delaware for aggressive driving if they are found guilty of three of any of the following in one moment:
- Failing to yield
- Using the shoulder lane to pass
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Rapid lane changes
- Passing a stopped school bus
You may have legal options if you were in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver. Depending on the situation, you could be eligible for compensation to cover various car accident expenses. Try contacting a Wilmington car accident lawyer to find out more about what compensation you could be eligible for.
CALL EDELSTEIN MARTIN & NELSON TODAY
You could be eligible for substantial compensation if you were hit by an aggressive driver. Contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson today at (302) 504-4815 to talk to a Delaware car accident lawyer for a free consultation about what legal steps you can take. Our legal team can help you maximize your compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. We serve clients in Wilmington, DE.