Truck drivers are on the road just about every day of their lives. As driving is their profession, one would think driving safely would be a top priority. Unfortunately, frustration may set in, and these drivers may drive aggressively, which often leads to trucking accidents. Those in Maryland who have been injured or lost loved ones in such events may be entitled to seek monetary damages through legal means.
According to the AAA Foundation, aggressive driving is defined as deliberate unsafe driving. In other words, these actions are not done without thought or on accident. A few examples of aggressive driving include:
- Driving over the speed limit
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
- Failing to signal when changing lanes
- Blocking other vehicles
- Forcing traffic to slow down
- Cutting off other drivers
When aggressive driving is taken to the extreme, it is called road rage. This is when drivers may scream from their vehicles, throw things, purposely strike other cars or force other vehicles off the road -- among other things. All of these actions can result in the responsible party facing criminal charges -- particularly if someone is hurt -- or worse, because of it.
Lives are changed when trucking accidents occur. Rarely are these events minor fender-benders. The size and weight of these machines make it possible for them to crush standard vehicles with little effort. Injuries suffered are often life-altering, and many times, victims fail to survive these accidents. Thankfully, the law allows those in Maryland, who have fallen victim to negligent truck drivers, to seek relief for their losses by filing claims in civil court against all parties who may be deemed responsible, such as the drivers and their employers.