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Watch out for aggressive drivers on Portland roads

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Personal Injury |

We have all seen aggressive drivers on the roads. They are usually the people speeding, weaving through traffic, tailgating other vehicles or generally driving in a reckless and irresponsible manner.

Causes of aggressive driving

There are many causes of aggressive driving. Driving while drowsy often leads to aggressive driving, as does driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Getting behind schedule is another factor in car accidents involving aggressive driving. Drivers who are running late due to traffic, road construction or their own failure to plan typically drive more aggressively than other drivers.

The best way to handle an aggressive driver is to stay as far away from them as you can. Generally, their aggressive driving is not personal toward you and once you let them get ahead of you, you will not see them again.

You might sometimes encounter an aggressive driver who does appear to have a personal issue with you. They may purposely tailgate you, honk their horn at you or make gestures at you.

While you may still try to stay away from them, if they keep trying to drive near you, find a safe, public place to pull over. Do not confront the aggressive driver. Call the police if you truly fear for your safety.

Holding aggressive drivers accountable

Aggressive driving is negligent driving. Negligence is the failure to drive safely and reasonably. When that failure causes a car accident, the aggressive driver can be held responsible through a personal injury action.

You can recover compensation for your damages by proving the aggressive driver’s negligence. You must show proof of your damages such as medical bills, lost wages and other costs.

Oregon uses a modified comparative negligence standard in personal injury actions. This is important if the other driver claims you were negligent.

Your compensation could be reduced if a court finds your negligence contributed to the accident or be barred altogether if you are found to be 50% or more at fault.



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