Chicago is, unfortunately, no stranger to aggressive drivers. Far too many road raging drivers have carelessly caused serious accidents here. If you found yourself in one of them, an experienced attorney can help you hold them accountable for their actions.
There are many benefits to living in Chicago: Lake Michigan’s shores, the sports culture, and the bustling business environment. However, traffic is not one of them. If your daily commute involves navigating rush hour traffic in the Windy City, you’ve likely encountered your fair share of aggressive drivers. If one happened to collide with you, it’s in your best interest to reach out to a skilled Chicago car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Traffic congestion during rush hour robs drivers of control over how fast they get to work or arrive home after a long stressful day at the office. Unfortunately, there are little drivers can do about being stopped in traffic. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute reports that the average American commuter spends 42 hours per year stuck in rush hour traffic. This is undoubtedly a lot of wasted time that is beyond a driver’s control.
Yet, as common as traffic congestion is, it’s inconsistent. Your ride to work might go smoothly, while your return drive home could be full of unexpected delays. This unpredictability can compound a driver’s irritability. Driver anger is connected with driver aggression. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that anger often results from traffic congestion. Waiting in a traffic jam can feel like a significant waste of time, especially if you are running late or in a hurry to get somewhere. With each passing moment, aggravation often rises.
It doesn’t matter what caused the behavior; aggressive driving is still classified as driver negligence. No matter what the situation, all drivers behind the wheel are required to act in a reasonable manner to keep others safe. Aggressive driving is a far cry from acting reasonably.
Driving is inherently frustrating from time to time. Many situations don’t go as planned. However, it’s not an excuse to put other people’s lives in danger. Drivers who are angry or otherwise upset need to keep their anger in check so that everyone can arrive safely at their destination. If they don’t, those that suffer injuries can seek the help of a Chicago car accident lawyer to recover their damages.
The legal team at Malman Law takes aggressive driving cases very seriously. We provide our clients with personal attention and keep them informed about their cases. At the same time, we fight to recover the fairest compensation allowed by law.
Every driver experiences some level of stress throughout the day. However, losing control of that stress in an angry and aggressive manner while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is inexcusable. No one should suffer from the aggressive and negligent behavior of another driver during rush hour.