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Lake County personal injury attorneysWe have all, at one time or another, seen or heard about an aggressive driver putting everyone at risk of serious motor vehicle accident as they aggressively drive on the road, highway, and even on residential and city streets. These aggressive drivers seem have little or no regard for their own lives or those with whom they share the road. The response in Illinois, as in all states across the country, has been to pass stricter laws that address this problem of aggressive driving that has only gotten worse over the years.

What Is Reckless Driving?

Illinois law defines reckless driving as driving any vehicle with willful or wanton disregard of other persons or property, or causing a vehicle to be airborne by failure to obey slow down warning signs such as those on railway crossings. 

Examples of aggressive or reckless driving behavior include:


Lake County personal injury attorneysThere are many reasons why motor vehicle accidents occur. Chief among them include driver fatigue, mistakes, distracted driving  and driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A common accident that occurs when under any of these circumstances is one where a driver fails to yield and causes an accident. The accident could involve another vehicle or other people using the road such as pedestrians or cyclists.

When to Yield

Under Illinois law, you are required to yield under the following circumstances:

  • Stop Signs. You must yield to any pedestrian or traffic already on the intersection. If it is a four-way stop, the first driver arriving and stopping at the intersection is the one to move first. If all drivers arrive at the intersection at the same time, then the vehicle to the right should move first.
  • Roundabouts. These are the most confusing, especially to new drivers but the rule is, you should yield to traffic already on the road, if you are approaching the road from a driveway, alley or side of the road. You should also yield to pedestrians on crosswalks before the roundabout.
  • Driveways. You should yield to traffic already on the road if you are approaching from a driveway or side of the road.
  • Intersections with no signals or stop signs. You must yield to other vehicles or pedestrians when they are already on the intersection, when there is a vehicle coming from the other direction of where you intend to make a left turn, or when entering a highway from a secondary road.
  • Emergency vehicles. You must yield to all emergency vehicles with sirens or lights flashing. You should also move as far to the right as possible, come to a complete stop, and move only after the emergency vehicle has passed or you as you may be directed by a police officer or other person directing traffic.

These are just some of the situations where you must yield as required under the law. In all other situations, if you are unsure whether to yield or not, err on the side of safety by yielding while being mindful of drivers behind you. Failure to yield can result in serious and even fatal accidents so it is important to obey the rules that govern when to yield.


Gurnee aggressive driving accident attorneyA recent high-speed crash on Chicago’s North Lake Shore Drive is just the latest example of car accidents caused by aggressive driving in the state of Illinois. The accident, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, August 13, ultimately injured seven people. The driver, a 28-year-old man driving a Honda Accord, was traveling at speeds well above the speed limit when he lost control of his vehicle and ran into an embankment. While no one was killed in the collision, the accident serves as a reminder of the tangible dangers of aggressive driving.   

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Studies conducted by the NHTSA found that aggressive driving played a significant role in over half of all highway fatalities from 2003 to 2007. 

Identifying Aggressive Driving 


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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,The number of car accidents caused by aggressive drivers on our roadways is staggering and continues to grow as time goes on. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as incidents that occur when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other person or property.” There are a number of factors that contribute to the rising number of these incidents, from increasingly crowded city and roadways to heightening stress levels of the drivers operating vehicles. While we cannot prevent all aggressive driving related accidents, we can be alert to other drivers around us displaying threatening behavior. The simple practice of defensive driving can go a long way in the prevention of serious injury and fatality on the highway. To protect yourself and others on the road, it is important to watch for the following behaviors:
  • Speeding and Tailgating: The NHTSA reports that speeding is one of the most prevalent aggressive driving behaviors on the roads today. Speed is a factor in almost one third of all fatal crashes. If someone is speeding around you or riding your tail, move to the right lane and allow them to pass, or pull to the side of the road if necessary to protect yourself from someone who is driving at an extreme speed. Never hesitate to call 911 to report reckless driving behavior;
  • Swerving : Swerving on the roadways can be a sign that someone is driving under the influence, but it can also be an indicator that a driver is exhibiting aggressive behavior. Swerving around other drivers or between lanes to get ahead of another driver is a common threat on the highway and should be avoided at all costs. If you see someone swerving, distance yourself as best as possible from the driver and pull over and call for help if needed; and
  • Quick movements: Any sudden, quick movements such as jerking to the left or right to cut someone off or to get around another driver is another form of aggressive behavior. Treat this situation the same way you would treat other aggressive driving behaviors by distancing yourself and contact authorities if the observed behavior turns reckless.

Being involved in an accident caused by an aggressive driver can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. You do not have to face the aftermath of such a collision on your own. An experienced Lake County car accident attorney can explain your rights and help ensure you have the proper representation. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.



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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,It is easy to get frustrated on the road. It happens to the best of us — the most calm, the best drivers, the easiest going. Yet aggressive driving remains a serious danger for motorists on America’s highways, and can result in some of the most grisly crashes and motor vehicle fatalities.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving is any time that a driver commits a series, or a combination, of driving infractions that endangers other drivers or vehicles on the road. Aggressive driving is defined as any time that a driver disobeys three or more moving violations in one sequence of driving. And example of this would be if a motorist was speeding down the highway, passing another car on the right, and failing to use a signal to change lanes.

Other characteristics of aggressive driving include, but are not limited too:

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