Aggressive Driving in North Carolina

Aggressive Driving in North Carolina

Aggressive Driving in North Carolina

Charlotte, NC Attorney

Aggressive driving is often cited as the cause of many accidents on the road, and it includes a wide range of high-risk, reckless, and potentially dangerous driving behaviors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as something that occurs when a person commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property. There are various behaviors that, alone or together, are indicative of aggressive driving such as excessive and unnecessary honking, rude gestures, and yelling at other drivers, recklessly weaving in and out of lanes, cutting off other motorists, passing slow moving vehicles excessively, and running red lights or stop signs.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found by analyzing NHTSA data that as much as 56% of all accidents that occurred between 2003 and 2007 involved some form of aggressive driving. Additionally, as much as two-thirds of all traffic deaths could be linked to aggressive driving. The AAA found through a national telephone survey found nearly eight out of every 10 people surveyed rated aggressive drivers as a serious or extremely serious traffic safety problem. If you have been injured in a car accident because of the aggressive or reckless driving of another in North or South Carolina, you should consult with a seasoned personal injury attorney such as Justin Bice of the law firm of Bice Law, LLC.

North Carolina Reckless Driving Law

North Carolina is one of 15 states that have enacted legislation aimed at curbing aggressive driving. 11 of these states have adopted definitions of aggressive or reckless, including North Carolina. Under this statute, reckless driving is speeding and driving carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others or driving without due caution and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property.

Aggressive Driving Instances in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) tracks data on contributing circumstances in car accidents across the state and publishes it in a report. This data provides a picture for the most common indicators of aggressive driving in North Carolina.

Speed was a factor in various circumstances, such as failure to reduce speed, exceeding safe speed for conditions, or exceeding the authorized speed limit. Speed was cited in 72,110 car accidents in North Carolina in 2014, including 428 fatal crashes and 40,816 injuries. The following are additional circumstances that may be counted as aggressive/reckless driving:

  • Failing to yield right of way or disregarding a yield sign was a contributing factor in 35,851 accidents that resulted in 135 fatal crashes and 13,712 injuries;
  • Following too closely was a factor in 5,101 accidents that resulted in one fatal crash and 1,559 injuries; and
  • Disregarding a stop sign was a factor in 3,337 accidents that resulted in 29 fatal crashes and 1,638 injuries.

Bice Law, LLC can help you seek compensation for your injuries caused by a car accident with an aggressive driver. Contact us today for a free initial consultation by calling our toll-free number at 877-BICE-877 or by submitting our online form. Consulting an attorney as early as possible may make an impact in the successful resolution of your case, so do not hesitate to contact us today.

Contact the Personal Injury Law Firm of Bice Law

The personal injury firm of Bice Law will examine your case to determine the type and amount of damages that your injury warrants, including payments for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any permanent disability.  We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. If you have suffered injury or harm because of someone else’s actions, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call 877-BICE-877 today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  personal injury attorney. We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina.


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