Aggressive driving – as a motorist, this is most likely something you witness on a daily basis.
Whether you are commuting to work, dropping your child off at school or simply running errands, you have seen aggressive driving.
But are you guilty of it yourself?
What Is Aggressive Driving?
A recent study conducted by AAA states that most of us have been aggressive drivers at some point in time.
Nearly 80 percent of the AAA study participants reported they had experienced anger, aggression or road rage during the past year.
So what constitutes as aggressive driving?
- Ignoring traffic rules
- Honking your horn
- Cutting in front of other drivers
- Running red lights
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Failing to signal
- Failing to yield
- Irresponsibly using headlights and blinkers
- Preventing cars from passing
- Unsafe or frequent lane changes
Extreme examples of road rage and aggressive driving are:
- Cursing and obscene hand gestures
- Throwing objects at other motorists
- Sideswiping other vehicles
- Ramming into other vehicles
- Forcing vehicles off the road
Aggressive driving is a serious offense. In fact, aggressive driving is a major cause of traffic accidents and even violence. According to the AAA report, more than half of traffic fatalities involve aggressive driving. Additionally, Fifty-six percent of fatal crashes from 2003-2007 involved aggressive driving.
According to the American Safety Council:
- Young males are more likely to exhibit road rage.
- 37 percent of all road accidents involved a firearm.
- Half of drivers respond with aggressive behavior if they are on the receiving end of road rage.
How To Prevent Aggressive Driving
Getting frustrated while behind the wheel is understandable, especially if you are stuck in traffic, late for an event or being harassed on the road. It’s happened to all of us at some point or another.
However, aggressive driving leads can lead to accidents, injuries and fatalities. It is important we all exercise patience when behind the wheel. If you notice aggressive driving, stay calm and do not succumb to an irresponsible driver. It’s best if you focus on your own driving and reaching your destination safely.
If you believe the driver is putting other motorists in danger, call 911. If the driver is putting you or your loved ones in harm’s way, call 911 and pull over to a safe area as soon as possible.
AAA also suggests:
- Avoiding eye contact with aggressive drivers
- Not responding to angry drivers
- Remaining in your vehicle and lock it if you feel in danger
If you are confronted by an angry driver, do not fight aggression with aggression. Stay calm, patient and try to remain amicable. Be tolerable and express forgiveness.
Are You A Victim Of Aggressive Driving?
If you or someone you know is a victim of road rage and have suffered an accident due to someone’s aggressive driving, know that the law is on your side.
Aggressive drivers should be held liable for their actions, especially if they cause harm to others. To find out what compensation you may be entitled to, contact a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury attorney. The VanDeLoo Firm has successfully handled hundreds of car accident cases and helped victims receive fair compensation and justice.
Whether it’s through negotiation or litigation, The VanDeLoo Firm is dedicated to its clients. Contact The VanDeLoo Firm today at (972) 200.5080 for a free initial consultation. We will evaluate your case and determine a legal plan of action. And if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
You have already suffered enough from aggressive driving. Don’t wait. Allow us to bring you justice and closure.