Aggressive driving has become a serious issue, in which drivers willingly put their own safety and of others sharing the road in jeopardy. There have been repeated incidents of aggressive driving leading to traffic accidents, resulting in fatal injuries and even death. Over 11,000 people die every year from auto accidents caused by aggressive driving in the United States, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Moreover, the injuries and deaths from these crashes are costly as well, costing nearly $40 billion to the nation annually.
It is important to understand what is aggressive driving and what you can do to avoid it to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
What is Aggressive Driving?
Aggressive driving can be described as a combination of traffic offenses that an individual commits resulting in a threat to another person’s life or property. Generally, it is caused by traffic congestions, irritation from extreme weather conditions, long commutes to work, and behaviors to other drivers. Moreover, an individual’s reactions, moods, and ability to manage stress while driving and off road can contribute to aggressive driving.
This type of dangerous driving involves actions or behaviors, such as:
Most people use the terms aggressive driving and road rage interchangeably. However, both are quite different. Acts and behaviors, such as flashing lights or honking in the middle of traffic or expressing anger using abusive language, come under aggressive driving, which only increase the chances of an accident and are not illegal to do. On the other hand, road rage refers to a criminal act where a driver makes an attempt to intentionally kill or injure another driver or passenger.
Ways to Handle Aggressive Drivers
Have you been injured by an aggressive driver in a car accident? You should make a personal injury claim and get the compensation you deserve for your damages. Contact the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. at (847) 395-2200 or online today to schedule your initial consultation with our auto accident attorney.