Our Atlanta traffic accident attorneys know that driving always has the potential for danger, but certain factors can magnify the risks. This blog has discussed how tractor trailers, because of their size and power, can increase the danger, but also something like road rage and excessive aggression from drivers can significantly increase the likelihood of an accident. With nine percent of Georgians each year being involving in a vehicle accident of some sort, increasing the danger with risky activity is something we should all avoid.
Last week, two aggressive drivers were involved in a crash near Alpharetta, Georgia, causing one of the cars to roll onto its roof. The accident occurred on ramp in the southbound lanes of GA 400, near Windward Parkway. The two involved cars both had significant damage. The one that rolled onto its roof was a white sedan and the other car, a silver sedan, had extensive front end damage. Reports stated that the two drivers were “brake checking” each other while driving fast. Brake checking is a risky and aggressive driving move where you hit the brakes hard while someone is behind you, making them slam on their brakes also. The investigating officer said that the two drivers had traded brake checks at least twice before this accident occurred and that both drivers were at fault. Both drivers, 30 year old Justin Bradley of Cumming and 23 year old Brett Dexter of Woodstock, were charged with aggressive driving and failure to maintain a lane, among other infractions. Mr. Dexter, the driver of the flipped white sedan, went to North Fulton Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.
In the above case, both drivers were acting irresponsibly. But it is not uncommon to be the victim of someone else’s road rage and aggressive driving, which is defined as driving with the intent to annoy, harass, intimidate, molest, injure, or obstruct another person. Aggressive driving carries a criminal penalty of up to a $5,000 fine and a six point assessment against the driver’s record. It is best to stay away from these kinds of dangerous drivers. Sometimes staying away from aggressive drivers is not possible or does not work and you are caught in an accident through no fault of your own. If you are injured by another driver’s negligence, you might be able to recover all your medical costs and lost income, plus damages for pain and suffering. In a case of a clearly aggressive driver, one who is recklessly disregarding the safety of others on the road, punitive damages are possible in Georgia as well.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, our Atlanta traffic accident attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter can help. Georgia law related to car accidents can be complex and the statute of limitations is short. So please get in touch with an experienced attorney by calling 404-814-8949 or filling out our confidential case evaluation form online to schedule a free consultation.
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