Cleveland Aggressive Driving Accident Attorneys
Advocating for Victims of Aggressive Driving Accidents in Cleveland
Like most cities in the U.S., Cleveland has its share of aggressive drivers on the road. In fact, our city ranks as having some of the worst drivers in America, according to a report by Consumer Affairs. Metrics used for this study included total crash fatalities, total pedestrian fatalities, total drunk driving fatalities, total speeding fatalities, and total fatal crashes caused by poor driving conduct. Cleveland’s cumulative crash score was 47.3, well above the national average of 27.2, making us the sixth worst city in the country for bad driving. In 2023, we had 12 fatal bad driving crashes per 100,000 population.
Aggressive driving puts everyone on the road at risk. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash caused by an aggressive driver, contact George Mineff, Jr., Attorney at Law. We are strong litigators who draw on years of experience in skillfully negotiating settlements in the best interests of our clients. Our Cleveland injury attorneys have been listed among Super Lawyers Rising Stars and earned the Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell. We have 50 years of combined experience.
Contact us at (216) 621-3930 to schedule your free consultation today.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
Aggressive driving is a combination of dangerous driving behaviors that create serious risk for the drivers, their passengers, and other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the road. It may include excessive speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights and stop signs, failing to yield the right of way, passing where it is not legal, and cutting other drivers off. Factors that contribute to aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding and tailgating include heavy traffic, delays in traffic, and drivers running late.
What Types of Accidents Can Aggressive Driving Cause?
Dangerous driving behavior can cause collisions in a variety of ways. For example:
- Tailgating is a major contributing factor to rear-end collisions because following too closely makes it difficult to stop in time when traffic ahead slows or stops.
- Unsafe lane changes or weaving out of traffic can lead to sideswipe accidents with vehicles in adjacent lanes.
- Running red lights or stop signs can lead to deadly T-bone collisions when an at-fault plows into the side of another vehicle.
- Speeding reduces the driver’s control of the vehicle and the amount of time they have to respond to hazards. It increases stopping distance, makes rollovers more likely, and can dramatically increase the severity of a crash.
- Failure to yield the right of way can cause all types of collisions, including sideswipes, rear-end collisions, T-bone crashes, and even head-on collisions.
Does the Outcome of Potential Criminal Proceedings Affect a Cleveland Personal Injury Claim?
Criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits are entirely separate proceedings. While the same incident can lead to both criminal and civil actions, the outcome of one does not depend on the outcome of the other. The burden of proof is lower in a civil lawsuit. A driver who runs a red light at 70 mph and hits another vehicle may be charged with reckless driving and face driver’s license suspension, fines, and even jail time in some cases. Whether or not that driver is convicted, an injured victim or surviving family members of a victim who was killed may sue for damages in civil court.
We Offer Experienced Legal Counsel You Can Trust
If an aggressive driver caused a crash that injured you or your loved one, get in touch with George Mineff, Jr., Attorney at Law, for determined and assertive representation. Our Cleveland auto accident lawyers have a reputation for success and offer personalized attention to each case.
Our notable results have built our practice almost exclusively by word of mouth and referrals from former clients and other attorneys.
Contact us today at (216) 621-3930 to learn more about your legal options.