We’ve all done it before. Somehow your day didn’t start off exactly as you expected. You’re running late, hurrying to get going so you aren’t late for that important meeting, appointment, or school drop-off. Harried and impatient, you get behind the wheel and notice you’re driving a little faster than you should.
Maybe you are a little quicker to pass slower drivers on your route. Maybe you slide through the intersection, as the light is turning yellow. It may seem harmless, but this kind of behavior is aggressive driving.
As drivers ourselves, we understand how easy it is to feel like you are the only person on the road. With their genius design and functionality, cars allow us to remain isolated from the other people around us. However, it’s important to remember that, just because you feel like you drive in a bubble, does not mean that this is the reality.
A recent news story reminds us of this.
One person was killed and three others—including two school-aged children—were injured due to aggressive driving in Adams County. Early in the morning of December 28th, a pickup truck attempted to pass a tractor-trailer on Interstate 76.
According to a representative for the State Patrol, Sgt. Rob Madden, the truck had been weaving in and out of traffic and aggressively passing other vehicles. Witnesses report that the truck had passed numerous vehicles by illegally going around them on the shoulder, before encountering the tractor-trailer.
Reports explain that as the truck made its way to pass the tractor-trailer, it drove onto the shoulder of the highway yet again, but then lost control and drove through the guardrail, rolling over onto its top before coming to a stop.
A man, who had not been wearing a seatbelt in the front seat, was ejected 10 feet from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, also in the front seat without a seatbelt, and two children, in the back seat, were seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital.
We send our deepest condolences to the family of all those involved, as they navigate the aftermath of this painful event.
Aggressive Driving Is Not Worth The Risk
As Denver auto accident lawyers, we are saddened to say that aggressive driving is not uncommon. Although it can feel like a reasonable choice in the moment, this particular case reminds us just how dangerous it can be.
Let us take the opportunity to reassure you, that there is never any reason to put your life or the lives of those around you in danger in order to get anywhere on time. Your destination and the people there would much rather have you arrive safe and late, than not at all.
Clearly, accidents can happen. And when they do, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the legal situation you are facing. However, we are here to remind you that you do not have to do it alone.
Our team has years of experience with a wide variety of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents. So, if you believe you have a case on your hands and are looking for a lawyer to help guide you through, do not be afraid to contact us.