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Aggressive Driving by Truck Drivers

Aggressive driving unnecessarily endangers other persons on the road and was a factor in over half of fatal crashes from 2003 to 2007, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Even more troubling, it is estimated that 80 percent of drivers have exhibited aggressive behaviors or expressed road rage while behind the wheel at least once in the previous year. Aggressive driving presents a serious threat to our roadways and has only been exacerbated by increased traffic congestion.

What Is Aggressive Driving?

Aggressive driving is any deliberate behavior or combination of behaviors that increase the risk of a crash and are typically motivated by impatience, hostility, annoyance, or a desire to save time. In most cases this behavior is not only dangerous, it is a combination of traffic moving offenses.

Some common examples of aggressive driving that cause trucking accidents include the following behaviors:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Failure to yield
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Illegal or unsafe passing
  • Driving on the shoulder
  • Improper or unsafe lane changes (e.g. changing lanes without signaling)
  • Running stop signs or red lights
  • Cutting off another vehicle and then slowing down
  • Preventing other cars from attempting to pass or changing lanes
  • Failure to obey traffic signs

In Texas, moving violations for aggressive drivers result in a fine of up to $200 for each offense. Speeding alone is responsible for nearly 40 percent of all traffic deaths in Texas, according to AAA.

Dangers of Aggressive Driving By Truck Drivers

When a truck driver engages in aggressive driving, the consequences can be catastrophic. After all, aggressive driving behaviors by large commercial truck drivers, such as speeding and tailgating, create dangerous situations given that those vehicles require longer to stop and can inflict severe damage due to the sheer size difference with smaller passenger vehicles.

A study published by Insurance Journal that analyzed driving behaviors in the truck industry found that aggressive truck drivers are nearly three times more likely to be involved in one or more crashes than those who drive while drowsy. Aggressive driving reflects poor judgement, can increase the severity of a crash, and can impact your ability to appropriately response to a dangerous situation.

Speeding, which is the most common form of aggressive driving, is a major factor in crashes involving large commercial trucks. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that over 16 percent of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had at least one prior speeding conviction on their records.

These behaviors can lead to the following types of trucking accidents:

  • Underride and override accidents
  • Jackknife accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Side-impact and T-bone collisions
  • Rear-end collisions

Our Houston Trucking Accident Lawyers Can Help

Aggressive drivers not only increase the risk of an accident, but violate the duty that all drivers owe to other motorists, which is to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accidents caused by aggressive driving, contact the Houston personal injury attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. to discuss your legal options.

We have more than 27 years of experience handling truck accident claims and we will fight to obtain the maximum available compensation for your case. We have a successful track record of helping injured victims recover compensation for past and future:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Physical limitations
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish

Call us today at (281) 283-8500 to discuss your truck accident case. We provide a free, no-risk consultation.