While many different driver actions can lead to a crash, some drivers intentionally put others on the road at risk. Chasing after vehicles, running red lights, or forcing other drivers off the road are just a few ways aggressive driving causes millions of injuries and fatalities to safe drivers and their passengers.
Rhode Island Laws Against Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is a form of reckless driving and causes over 20,000 deaths and 3 million injuries every year. Rhode Island is one of many states that specifically targets aggressive driving. Under state law, a person operating a motor vehicle can be classified as an aggressive driver if he engages in two or more of the following violations:
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Passing another vehicle on the right
- Failure to drive safely within a lane of traffic
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Failure to safely yield the right of way when required to by law
- Entering the roadway at high speed or without checking mirrors and blind spots
- Failure to signal intentions before turning, merging, or changing lanes
- Failure to follow all laws when driving near school buses
- Failure to adhere to laws regarding special stops, stop signs, and yield signs
- Driving on the shoulder or using the emergency break-down lane for travel
If the person who struck you is found guilty of aggressive driving, he may be ordered to pay fines, face license suspension, and attend anger management courses. Of course, you will still have to file an injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver, but a conviction will go a long way toward proving fault in your case.