Aggressive drivers endanger the lives of pedestrians and the public by weaving through traffic to get to their destinations on time. Many speed on busy roadways and fail to signal as they shift from lane to lane. In the most serious of cases, these drivers slam on their brakes and cause front-end and rear-end collisions. They get out of their vehicles to yell and scream even though they were clearly at fault.
Unfortunately, police officers are rarely there to witness incidents of bad driving. It may be up to you to prove your claim of aggressive driving or road rage. If you fall victim to a bad driver, it may be in your best interests to videotape the incident with your camera phone. Let the officer see how the driver is behaving and you may have a stronger case. The National Highway and Safety Administration defines the problem as follows:
Aggressive driving – The commission of two or more moving violations likely to endanger other persons or property, or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive reaction of another driver.
Road rage – An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.
As a secondary source of evidence, your attorney may be able to gain access to traffic cameras and witnesses statements that corroborate your version of events. Evidence is important because the state of Washington is a comparative fault state, and your access to financial recovery may depend on whether you can gather sufficient evidence to support your case. Each percentage point attributed to you in the accident affects the dollar amount you receive from your auto accident settlement.