Reckless driving on crowded interstate roads creates a strong likelihood for accidents resulting in death and personal injuries. It is common for traffic congestion and long back-ups to occur after accidents, as roads must be closed for authorities to investigate the causes of the accident and clean-up must occur. However, sometimes drivers’ negligent behavior after an accident can cause further injuries.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a fatal crash occurred on I-95 between a fuel tanker and a tractor-trailer. The tanker truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer on the interstate in the early morning. The crash erupted into a fire, which killed the driver of the tanker. The tanker overturned and exploded on the interstate. The crash also resulted in a 14-mile stretch of I-95 being severely damaged.
As a result of the back-ups caused by this accident, a number of other accidents took place. According to reports, drivers were growing impatient with the waiting, stop-and-go traffic, and congestion that people were stopping their cars on the interstate to get out and observe what was going on. Some even drove their vehicles over the median as to head south and find an alternate way to their destination. Such behavior after an accident not only does not help traffic congestion, but adds to the risk of personal injury to others and additional motor vehicle accidents.
Such behavior can be seen as “aggressive driving.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Additional traffic violations, such as crossing over medians into the oncoming traffic, following an accident is a form of aggressive driving that adds to the already existing dangers of post-collision traffic congestion.
Our Chicago accident attorneys know that aggressive driving poses unnecessary risks to others on the roads. In the past, our firm has set legal examples to deter future negligence on the interstates by successfully advocating for victims of crashes. In one such case we achieved a $6.5 million settlement for the family of a young woman who died when a trucker carrying an oversized load slammed into the back of her vehicle that was stopped due to traffic congestion. We helped her family hold the negligent truck driver and trucking company responsible for the devastations brought upon the family. With this successful experience and knowledge, our firm could also advocate for you. Contact us for a free consultation.