If you were injured in a car crash due to another driver tailgating or otherwise acting aggressively at the wheel, contact Mann Law immediately. You might be entitled to financial compensation for your medical care and other expenses. The at-fault motorist should be held liable for their wrongdoings.

Aggressive driving is prevalent in the United States. According to statistics, 54% of fatal accidents involve some type of aggressive behavior. Tailgating is one of the most common types. If someone doesn’t leave enough space between your vehicle and their own, they likely can’t avoid a crash if you need to slow down or stop suddenly.

The legal team at Mann Law is ready to advocate for your rights and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. We can handle every step of your auto insurance claim and bring your case to court if necessary. You can depend on us to remain in your corner until the end. Contact us today for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.

What Is Considered Aggressive Driving in Maine?

The most common types of aggressive driving behaviors include:

  • Speeding

  • Weaving in and out of traffic

  • Running a red light or stop sign

  • Failure to yield the right of way

  • Driving too fast for dangerous weather or road conditions

  • Unsafe lane changes

  • Taking a turn too fast

  • Tailgating

If an aggressive driver caused an accident and you sustained an injury, you should contact Mann Law right now to discuss your available legal options.

What is Tailgating?

Tailgating occurs when a motorist doesn’t leave enough space between their car and the car ahead. You likely encountered someone following your vehicle too closely at some point in your life. It’s an unsettling and scary experience, particularly when there’s heavy traffic. Stopping in time to prevent an accident becomes a challenge when there isn’t an adequate stopping distance.

An overall stopping distance is the total time it takes a driver to react and brake to bring the car to a complete stop. A formula calculates how much space there should be between two vehicles traveling at certain speeds. For example, a motorist driving 70 miles per hour will need an overall stopping distance of 315 feet.

How Aggressive Driving Causes Accidents

Someone engaging in aggressive driving isn’t focusing on operating their vehicle safely. Instead, they’re speeding to get to work on time or looking away from the road ahead to gesture to a driver who cut them off. Paying attention to something other than the task of driving is reckless and puts other people at risk of harm.

Strong emotions often push a person to behave aggressively. You may have found yourself in a road rage incident before. Maybe you almost sideswiped someone while merging into their lane. That prompted the driver to swerve into your lane or cut in front of your vehicle, forcing you to slam on your brakes.

Whenever someone exceeds the speed limit, tailgates another motorist, or changes lanes without checking for other cars, it increases the risk of a crash. Traffic laws are in place for a reason. Violating them by being aggressive puts everyone in danger. It’s harder to control one’s own vehicle if their primary focus isn’t on safety.

Injuries Caused by Aggressive Drivers

Accidents caused by aggressive drivers can lead to severe injuries. Some collisions result in fatalities, especially if speeding is a factor. The most common injuries include:

  • Concussion, traumatic brain injury, and other head injuries

  • Broken bones

  • Spinal cord damage, back injuries, and neck injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Paralysis

  • Internal bleeding

  • Cuts, bruises, and burns

  • Soft tissue injuries

Some accident victims make a full recovery after an accident. Others end up suffering permanent physical harm and face the long-term effects of a disability. The negligent driver should be held accountable for the harm they caused.

Compensation for an Aggressive Driving Accident

If another driver were at fault for the crash, you could file a claim with their auto insurance carrier. State law requires coverage with minimum liability limits. The compensation you receive should cover the losses you suffered, such as:

  • Medical bills

  • Loss of enjoyment of life

  • Pain and suffering

  • Permanent scarring

  • Lost wages

  • Lost earning capacity

  • Emotional distress

You could also seek compensation for these losses in a lawsuit. You must file within the statute of limitations, the strict timeframe for pursuing legal action against another person. Maine has a six-year statute of limitations. That means you have six years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit if you want to recover compensation.

How Mann Law Could Help

If you sustained injuries in a car accident involving an aggressive driver in Maine, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Mann Law, LLC for a free consultation and let us help you get on the road to recovery.