Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss the Dangers of Tailgating and Other Aggressive Driving Behaviors
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) labels driving as aggressive when it endangers other persons or property. Examples of aggressive driving include tailgating, speeding, improper lane changing and improper passing. Each year, the NHTSA reports that over 6,800,000 traffic accidents occur across the United States, and a large number of these accidents are due to aggressive driving. It is estimated that at least 13,000 people have been injured or killed due to aggressive driving since 1990.
Aggressive Driving Appears to be on the Rise in Atlanta
In recent years, a number of aggressive driving accidents have occurred in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Atlanta is a bustling city with many attractions and thousands of businesses. Traffic in and around the city can be heavy, particularly during traditional work rush hours. Heavy traffic is known as a major contributing factor to road rage and aggressive drivers become frustrated by the stop and go motion of heavy traffic. They can feel rushed to reach their destination and having to remain at a standstill or travel very slowly could result in anger. Aggressive drivers stuck in traffic might also attempt to tailgate the vehicle ahead or could improperly pass it in their rush to travel faster. All of these behaviors can lead to serious accidents that could result in injuries or even death.
Aggressive driving can easily escalate to road rage. Drivers across the country have killed or injured others for seemingly trivial reasons due to road rage. With the number of drivers on the road increasing, it seems likely that instances of aggressive driving and road rage will continue to rise unless we take measures to combat these dangerous behaviors.
Keep Your Cool While Driving
Many of us might feel we could never engage in aggressive driving. However, when confronted with the perfect storm of a bad day and frustrating travel conditions, some drivers who never imagined themselves to be aggressive find they are quickly losing their cool. Drivers need to understand the importance of always remaining calm, no matter what situation arises on the roadways. Aggressive driving behaviors can result in serious accidents in just a matter of minutes or even seconds. Do what it takes to ensure you keep calm while driving. This could include playing calming music, making a stop to eat or read a book and reminding yourself of the danger you could put yourself or others in if you act aggressively while behind the wheel.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 35 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If you have been injured in an auto accident due to the actions of an aggressive driver, contact the Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured in all manner of traffic accidents across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 35 years of experience to your automobile accident case, providing you with the zealous representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.