There may seem like a right time and place to be an aggressive driver, but for the most part, this type of behavior is considered a public safety threat. Aggressive driving is something South Carolina residents are likely to see everyday. Unfortunately, many have been injured in car accidents as a result.
Aggressive driving can be defined in numerous ways. The definition of this behavior often changes, depending on where one lives. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is defined as a combination of traffic violations that may be a danger to others or property.
While some may disagree, aggressive driving is not the same as road rage. A person accused of road rage will have allegedly committed a series of moving violations, but he or she will also be charged with assault. This may be assault with his or her vehicle or other weapon.
Aggressive driving is easy to spot. Typical moving violations that aggressive drivers are accused of include speeding, improper lane changes, failing to signal and following too closely -- among others. Sadly, this type of behavior does lead to car accidents more often that most would like to think. Those in South Carolina who have been injured at the hands of an aggressive driver may be able to seek compensation for any losses experienced -- such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and mental anguish. If the individual deemed responsible is found to have been negligent leading to the accident, the victim may be awarded monetary relief for any and all recoverable damages.
Source: nhsta.gov, "Aggressive Driving Enforcement: Define Aggressive Driving", Accessed on Sept. 19, 2015