The New Asphalt Jungle
Many have heard of the road described as the new asphalt jungle; maybe you have witnessed it as well. Regardless of whether you have an auditory memory of this or an actual, physical memory of this asphalt jungle – the name personifies exactly what the Mississippi roads have become. Speeding and aggressive driving has led to an increase in automobile accidents, which has required several state’s law enforcement to implement stronger laws regarding speeding and aggressive driving. If you or a loved one have been in an auto accident due to another person’s aggressive driving, contacting an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney can be extremely beneficial to you.
The Dangers of Aggressive Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving has become a serious problem around the world. There are different variations of aggressive driving. Aggressive driving can range from speeding, tailgating, excessive use of the horn, recklessly changing lanes, and harassment. Aggressive driving puts not only other drivers at risk but also the person who is aggressively driving, and should be avoided at all cost. Though aggressive driving has not increased nor decreased in recent years, it remains at the top of the charts for safety concerns and aggressive driving shows disregard to the safety of others that share the road. Because of aggressive driving, more and more drivers are put at risk for an accident to occur.
Legal Consequences of Aggressive Driving
Accidents usually occur due to the negligence or recklessness of a driver. Aggressive driving has legal implications — both criminal and civil– that you are at risk for if you choose to participate in this behavior. Eleven states have passed laws specifically defining and enforcing aggressive driving actions, however, Mississippi’s law pertaining to aggressive driving is limited. Though Mississippi has one of the least strict aggressive driving laws, according to Mississippi state law, a driver commits the offense of reckless driving when the driver shows a wanton or willing lack of regard for the well-being of other individuals or property, and it is considered a greater offense than careless driving. This offense is punishable upon a first conviction by a fine of between $5.00 and $100; however, second or subsequent convictions may be punishable by imprisonment and the suspension of your license. Furthermore, you may also be subjected to civil suits based on the theory of negligence because you failed to exercise reasonable care that a person in the same circumstances would have exercised that led to the injury and damages of another.
Need Legal Advice?
Being in an accident caused by someone who was aggressively driving can be very frustrating considering that the accident is avoidable. Though you may feel overwhelmed with the medical expenses and loss wages, your rights can be vindicated. Contact The Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi today for an initial consultation. We are here to help you and we know how to get you the results that you need.