Even Unintentional Aggressive Drive Can Cause Road Rage Auto Crashes or Worse
Aggressive driving—unsafe driving practices performed intentionally or with disregard for other motorists—is a widespread problem in our country as roads and highways become more congested and people are rushed to get to where they are going. It can lead to even more dangerous road rage where a driver responds by intentionally trying to injure another driver with his vehicle or by resorting to violence. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA), aggressive driving is the cause of 56% of fatal accidents. In addition, a separate AAA study examining 10,000 road rage incidents over a seven-year period found that they resulted in 218 murders and 12,610 injuries.
Types of Aggressive Driving That Lead to Road Rage
People engage in many types of driving practices that annoy other drivers. While most motorists may feel irritated, they do not respond in kind or engage in road rage. But these types of aggressive and unsafe driving practices can lead an angry or hostile person to go over the edge and retaliate, which can escalate into a tragic road rage incident:
- Driving too slowly in the fast lane. Drivers who insist on driving slower than the speed limit or just at the speed limit in the fast lane and who refuse to move over can annoy even nice motorists. It results in others tailgating the driver to try to convince him to move over, which can cause a serious accident—especially on a highway—or worse.
- Keeping pace with a vehicle in the other lane. Another type of aggressive driving is keeping pace with a vehicle in the next lane so that other drivers cannot pass either motorist. Like driving too slowly in the passing lane, it can cause tailgating and road rage.
- Riding the brakes. People who constantly apply their brakes—especially when they are already going slower than the posted speed limit—can frustrate other drivers behind them.
- Tailgating. No one likes to look in their rearview mirror to find the vehicle behind them too close for comfort—especially if they are going the posted speed limit or at the speed of motorists around them. Yet, impatient drivers in too much of a hurry tailgate in an effort to get the driver in front of them to move over—even when they can see that’s impossible due to traffic. Many of these incidents can escalate into dangerous situations.
- Gestures or looks. An obscene gesture or a dirty look at another motorist can seem harmless, but these actions can infuriate the other driver—who may be engaging in aggressive driving too—and cause him to completely overreact.
- Talking on a cellphone or texting. Drivers who are distracted by talking on their cellphones or texting may not even realize that this is causing them to engage in other annoying behaviors like driving too slowly or failing to move out of the fast lane.
Unfortunately, a driver engaging in aggressive driving or road rage could have caused you to suffer serious injuries in a crash. I am here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.