Michigan officials may find it difficult to track aggressive driving clearly because there are so many scenarios in which it could be an issue in a subsequent accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration monitors details related to accidents on the nation's roadways, and the agency notes this difficulty in quantifying aggression-related incidents. However, the agency also estimates that more than 55 percent of fatality accidents between 2003 and 2007 involved aggressive driving.
The behaviors that could be associated with aggressive driving can seem innocent enough. For example, passing in a prohibited zone might not seem to be directed at causing an individual harm. An improper turn or failure to signal might also seem minor. However, a combination of offenses in a vehicle that could endanger another person or damage property is classified as aggressive driving. Some more serious driving actions related to aggressive incidents include fast driving, racing, and following another car too closely. Excessive speed is identified as the most common issue contributing to aggressive motor vehicle activity. Fatal car accidents are the most serious outcomes related to aggressive driving.
Reckless driving could be closely connected to aggressive driving. In instances of extreme carelessness or disregard for others, motorists could face serious criminal charges for their actions. This is especially true in case of fatalities or repeat offenses.
Even if criminal charges aren't filed, a person who has been injured in a car accident caused by the recklessness of another motorist could be successful in a personal injury lawsuit filed with the assistance of counsel. In such a civil trial, plaintiffs only need to prove their cases by a preponderance of the evidence.