Aggressive driving leads to accidents—that is why many driving maneuvers clearly classified as aggressive are illegal. A driver who is excessively speeding, tailgating, cutting in and out of traffic, or drag racing shows no regard for the safety of others on the road.
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we believe that when an aggressive driver causes a crash, they should be held liable for any ensuing damages. Our aggressive driving accident attorneys fight for victims’ rights and help them recover the cost of their crash-related expenses.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC is a Chicago-based law firm that is dedicated to advocating on behalf of personally injured claimants. When you work with our personal injury law firm, we are your partner in the legal process from day one. We build a case on your behalf by investigating the details of the collision and negotiating with the involved parties for a fair settlement agreement.
Our accident lawyers also work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that we do not request payment for our services until the successful conclusion of your personal injury case. If we cannot recover damages for your personal injuries, then you owe us no attorney’s fees. Your initial consultation is completely free, and you can get started today.
To speak with a Joliet aggressive driving accident lawyer and learn more, call The Kryder Law Group, LLC, at (312) 223-1700.
The Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents in Illinois
Before we get into the specifics of an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you should know that the state of Illinois places a statute of limitations on all civil cases. If you fail to act within this period, you will likely be unable to pursue compensation through the court system. Under 735 ILCS 5/13-202, you have two years from the date of the collision to file a civil action.
When you partner with The Kryder Law Group, LLC, our legal team can review the details of your situation and determine whether this timeline applies to your case. To get started, call us today at (312) 223-1700.
Common Types of Dangerous Aggressive Driving Behaviors
Aggressive driving takes many forms, not all of them obvious. Just because the other driver in your traffic accident was excessively speeding does not mean that they were driving aggressively. However, in any case, that does not exclude them from liability if their actions result in an automobile accident.
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we can collect evidence from your traffic accident to show that the other driver’s aggressive behavior was a contributing factor in your personal injuries, making them liable for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs.
We can help you collect compensation from a driver who was doing any of the following:
Keeping a safe following distance means staying one car length behind the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour at which you are traveling. This safe driving practice is designed to prevent rear-end collisions. However, not all drivers uphold this duty of care. In those situations, the negligent driver can be found responsible for causing a motor vehicle accident.
Just as you should keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you, you should also wait until you have reasonable separation from the car you just passed before merging back over into their lane. Passing someone and then whipping back in front of them, narrowly missing their front bumper with your back bumper, is a clear aggressive driving maneuver.
Weaving refers to a driver who makes frequent lane changes and cuts in and out of traffic, usually because they are trying to drive much faster than everyone else. Because every lane change is a potential source of a motor vehicle accident, drivers should keep them to a minimum and only switch lanes when conducting a reasonable passing maneuver. A driver who weaves in and out of traffic can be a huge danger to themselves and everyone else on the road.
Running Red Lights or Stop Signs
Some drivers see a yellow light and, hoping to bypass the red light, press on the accelerator to get a burst of speed. However, this can pose a substantial danger to others on the road, especially if the light was at a crosswalk. If your car wreck was caused by another motorist running a red light, depending on the details of your situation, it could qualify as aggressive driving.
Under 625 ILCS 5/11-506, unless it is done on a sanctioned racetrack, street racing is illegal in Illinois. A driver who races on a public roadway is committing a crime and endangers themselves and others.
Road rage refers to any situation where a driver intentionally tries to hurt or intimidate another motorist. If such behavior leads to an auto accident with injuries, the combative driver could be held liable.
Potential Compensation for Accidents Caused by Aggressive Drivers
If you were injured by an aggressive driver, an accident attorney at The Kryder Law Group, LLC wants to make sure that the driver (along with their insurance company) pays for your damages. We do not just fight to compensate you for the actual financial losses you have incurred. We can also pursue the cost of your noneconomic damages, meaning those that do not involve actual monetary depletion, such as pain and suffering.
Our accident attorneys serving Joliet can help you recover a monetary award or settlement that includes coverage for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Illinois does not have a statutory cap on the amount of noneconomic damages you can pursue following a car accident with an aggressive driver.
Call a Joliet Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you are ready to act against the aggressive driver who caused your auto accident, The Kryder Law Group, LLC, is eager to hear from you today. We offer a free case review, during which we want to learn about your situation and how we can help.
For a free case evaluation, call us at (312) 223-1700.