Aggressive Drivers Cause Accidents
Aggressive drivers can be quite an issue in traffic and are notorious for causing car accidents.
So to better understand this hazard, here’s an example:
Imagine that someone is changing lanes without signaling and almost crashing into us.
We can react in a variety of ways; we can choose to take a break, think “I must have patience” and continue our way, or we can repeatedly yell, insult, lower the window, and make obscene gestures.
This is important to note because many people seem to confuse aggressive driving with road rage.
Incidents due to aggressive driving are increasing every year and keeping car accident lawyers very busy.
The data seems to show that the phenomenon occurs more in young men than in other groups.
Other data shows that only 2% of drivers have succumbed to aggressive behavior or threats, so not everything is lost.
What is Aggressive Driving?
Aggressive driving can be caused by increasingly long commutes to work, traffic congestion, and the behavior of other drivers.
It can also be caused by your own mood, your reactions, and your ability to cope with stress on and off the road.
Aggressive driving is triggered from anger, yours or from other drivers. California roads are dangerous enough without adding angry drivers to the mix.
Aggressive driving behavior includes:
- Running red lights
- Failing to obey stop signs
- Passing illegally
- Failing to yield right of way
- Erratic and unsafe lane changes
- Ignore signals from other drivers
Do not confuse aggressive driving with road rage.
Honking the horn in the middle of traffic or making insulting gestures are not illegal things, but they can intensify and lead to an accident.
Road rage is a criminal act in which a driver attempts to intentionally injure or kill another driver, passenger, or pedestrian.
Can Speeding Cause Accidents?
Speeding is one of the most common causes that influence the occurrence of traffic accidents and is a serious security problem.
The GHSA reported that 1/3 of all traffic fatalities are speed-related costing Americans $40 billion per year.
Speeding is one of the biggest road safety problems and is only getting worse.
Between 40-50% of motorists drive faster than the recommended speed limit, and between 10-20% exceed that limit by more than 10 mph.
Excess speed doubles the number of fatalities per 100 accidents and causes more serious injuries.
An increase of just one mile per hour on the average road, causes an increase of 5% in injuries and 7% to fatal accidents.
Speeding reduces the time that a driver has to react to an unforeseen event, which would allow him to avoid an accident through some evasive action, such as braking.
By exceeding the speed limit for which the route was designed, aspects such as the stability of the vehicle and the driver’s visibility deteriorate, reducing the distance to where the road can be seen.
Road Rage and Aggressive Driving
Help prevent aggressive driving (and road rage) by first adjusting your attitude.
Forget the idea of “winning” on the road. Driving is not a race and it should not be a competition to see who finishes first.
Plan for plenty of time for a trip, so if there is traffic or any other delay, you can keep calm.
Think of the freeway as a conveyor belt: everyone will eventually reach their destination, so there is no need to drive at excessive speed or act rudely to save yourself a few minutes.
Put yourself in the other driver’s seat.
Have you ever made a mistake along the way, gotten lost, or been unsure where to turn?
Instead of getting angry with another driver who makes the same errors, give them the benefit of the doubt.
When you make mistakes, recognize them and indicate them with a nod or a wave of greeting to the drivers around you.
Friendly behavior makes driving safer.
Common Accidents From Aggressive Driving
AAA reported that over 55% of fatal crashes (from a recent study over 4 years) involved drivers who acted aggressively behind the wheel.
In addition aggressive driving was also a factor in the majority of non-fatal accidents that caused serious injuries.
The most common aggressive driving actions that led to car accidents were:
- Careless and erratic driving
- Improper turns
- Distracted driving
- Improper passing
- Failure to yield right of way
What Steps To Take After Being In A Car Accident
If you are injured in a car accident it’s very important to know what to do immediately afterwards.
Depending on the severity of the crash, who’s at fault and other factors there are many scenarios.
Check out the list below that details what you need to do:
Common Injuries From Aggressive Driving
In automobile accidents caused by aggressive driving, the parts of the body that are usually most affected, depending on the severity of the accident, are usually the cervical spine (whiplash) and the chest area (chest trauma).
The place each passenger occupies in the vehicle can greatly affect the injuries suffered.
That is, the driver will be more prone to injuries such as fractured wrists, cervical injuries, thoracic and facial trauma.
On the other hand, the passenger is more likely to suffer knee injuries due to direct trauma to the dashboard, as well as cervical injuries.
If we analyze it by parts of the body, by way of summary, we could have the following:
- Cervical spine – whiplash
- Upper limbs – wrist fractures
- Lower limbs – knee injuries
- Head injury – concussion
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Dealing with aggressive drivers can be an extremely stressful experience, especially for those who are not prepared to do so.
There may be instances where you may feel the need to confront aggressive drivers, but it is best to stay at a distance and therefore drive safely.
However, if you have suffered an injury due to an aggressive driver you must hire the services of a professional law firm in order to represent you in court and get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been the victim of an automobile accident as a result of the negligent conduct of an aggressive driver, contact Avrek Law and our personal injury lawyers immediately and get a free legal consultation.
Remember, the call and consultation are free and there is no charge unless you hire us and we win your case.
An auto or motorcylce accident lawyer at Avrek Law can help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and financial expenses after a car accident.
How Do I Stay Safe Near Aggressive Drivers?
If you encounter an aggressive driver, try to avoid him and keep your distance.
Aggressive drivers often try to provoke other motorists.
However, you should ignore the potential drama and continue driving safely.
When encountering an aggressive driver, you should keep the following tips in mind:
- Get out of their way and stay at a safe distance
- Make sure you and your passengers are wearing seat belts
- Do not try to challenge aggressive drivers
- Do not accelerate
- Ignore their gestures and comments
- Do not make gestures and comments that may provoke the aggressive driver
- Avoid making eye contact with them
- If you feel physically threatened, report the aggressive driver by calling 911
Why Do People Drive Aggressively?
It is known that the triggers of this behavior are a mixture of the temperament or personality of the individual, together with factors of the environment surrounding them.
– Overcrowded roads.
– Poor conduction of other drivers or behaviors that endanger others.
– Stress and aggression in other areas of life (that they move onto the road).
– In a way this phenomenon is also associated (it increases) with the consumption of alcohol and drugs.
– Jams and speed reduction zones are situations that increase aggressiveness (though only for some drivers).
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