How Aggressive Driving Causes Accidents During the Holidays


December 24, 2016

Many people believe that road rage and aggressive driving are the same thing, however these two issues are completely separate causes of auto accidents. Aggressive drivers may actually cause more anxiety to American drivers than impaired drivers. Drivers who operate their vehicles with such behaviors as unsafe lane changes, excessive speeding, chronic tailgating or running red lights or stop signs can pose a serious risk to other motorists. With holiday traffic increasing, impatient driving behaviors can lead to car collisions as aggressive drivers make obscene hand gestures, honk, flash their lights, or even pass on the right hand side of the road.

Road rage is aggressive driving taken to the extreme—a person with road rage may exhibit dangerous and violent behaviors while driving, which can include getting out of their vehicle to bang on another person's windows, threatening with a weapon, intentionally causing a collision, or even throwing objects from their car with the intent of damaging another vehicle. While an aggressive driver can be charged with reckless driving, if an injury results, criminal charges can be filed. Fourteen states currently have laws against aggressive driving, however our incredibly busy roadways and rushed lives can lead to greater numbers of impatient and aggressive drivers.

What to Do if You Encounter an Aggressive Driver The Holiday Season

You will know aggressive driving when you see it, especially if an impatient motorist is tailgating your car, changing lanes unsafely and repeatedly in an attempt to get ahead of the crowd, honking their horn or making rude hand or facial gestures. If you see such a driver, the best thing you can do is to get out of their way. Engaging such an aggressive, angry driver is never a good idea. Allow them to get ahead and ignore any rude gestures. Avoid making any kind of eye contact as this can be misconstrued as a challenge, escalating the dangerous driving behaviors. Never drive slowly in the fast lane, as this is one of the behaviors that can set off an aggressive driver. If the aggressive driver is exhibiting behaviors, which could cause a serious accident, get the license plate number then ask a passenger in your car to call 911, or pull over and do it yourself.

Accidents Caused by Aggressive Drivers

The American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that 56 percent of fatal crashes are the result of aggressive driving behaviors. Recent studies show that as many as one third of the drivers on the road today have felt their safety was threatened by an aggressive driver during the past month, while nearly two-thirds reported feeling threatened in the past year. If you have been the victim of an auto accident, which was caused by an aggressive driver, you must get help immediately. An experienced automobile injury attorney understands that aggressive driving may have played a significant role in your accident and resulting injuries, even if no one was cited for it. Your attorney will be able to have your accident thoroughly investigated to determine all possible causes of your accident and injuries and will work hard to prove that an aggressive driver was responsible.

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may find yourself unable to return to work for a significant period of time, resulting in a loss of income for you and your family members. Your medical bills may be mounting at an alarming rate, and you need immediate help just to pay your normal household bills. Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates fight hard for our clients to maximize the value of their cases under the law.

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Source: https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/AggressiveDrivingResearchUpdate2009.pdf

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