There are thousands of individuals who travel on West Virginia roadways each year. Most individuals leave their homes to travel to their destinations with the goal of getting there safely. While many individuals arrive at their destinations without incident, others are not as fortunate. In many accidents, there are often one or more contributing factors that cause them to occur. One major factor of accidents is often aggressive driving. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident as a result of aggressive driving, you need an attorney to assist you in filing a personal injury claim. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact Colombo Law today.
What is Aggressive Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as a “combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Several states, including West Virginia, have enacted laws that cover aggressive driving within the state. In West Virginia, reckless driving provisions cover any situation in which a person drives a vehicle on any street or highway in a way that amounts to willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
When reckless driving occurs, the responsible party may be charged criminally. Penalties may include jail time of up to three months and a fine of up to $500. In cases of serious bodily injury or subsequent offense, the responsible party may face up to six months in jail or up to a $1,000 fine. Although criminal penalties are beneficial to administer justice, it is essential to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney is crucial to help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Common Types of Aggressive Driving
Since West Virginia law encompasses aggressive driving in their reckless driving statute, any form of driving that willfully disregards someone’s safety may be considered aggressive. Some common aggressive driving habits seen throughout the state include speeding, illegal passing, and tailgating other motorists. The danger of aggressive driving habits is the increased risk of accidents.
If you encounter an aggressive driver, knowing what to do helps avoid the driver and deescalate the situation:
- Avoid cursing or engaging the aggressive driver
- Stay away from erratic drivers who are weaving in and out of traffic
- drive in the right lane of travel, except to pass other drivers
Contact Colombo Law
The Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our attorneys are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients.
Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.