We’ve all experienced the actions of an aggressive driver. Perhaps, you were driving on U.S. 19 when someone suddenly swerves around you and cuts you off to exit. Or maybe you were driving over the Howard Franklin Bridge and someone was tailgating you. Whatever the case may be, aggressive drivers are dangerous and they put other drivers and passengers at risk for serious injuries or even worse, death.
What is Aggressive Driving & How Many People are Affected By It?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving is when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” In layman’s terms, an aggressive driver doesn’t just commit one bad behavior, it’s usually a combination of several dangerous violations that endanger the wellbeing of others on the road. The NHTSA reported that over 11,000 people are fatally inured each year from crashes caused by an aggressive driver and the most common behavior that contributed to the accidents was speeding.
The Most Common Aggressive Driver Behaviors
The most common behaviors by aggressive drivers that caused an accident were:
- Tailgating or following the car in front too closely
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to to obey traffic signs or signals
- Failing to signal
- Weaving in and out of traffic lanes
- Improper passing or not allowing other drivers to pass
- Improper turns
- Boxing in other cars
- Illegal driving on the shoulder, sidewalk or median
- Operating the vehicle in a reckless or careless manner
The Most Common Causes of Aggressive Driving or Road Rage
It’s hard to pinpoint the actual causes of aggressive driving but one theory is the increase of traffic on our roadways, especially in bigger cities and tourist destinations. Others have speculated that environmental conditions like the weather, the conditions of the road, the traffic noise, a bad day at the office or distractions going on in the vehicle by the other passengers influence drivers to behave poorly on the road.
Whatever the theories or reasons may be, the reality is that aggressive driving ruins the lives of innocent people everyday. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that aggressive driving played a part in 56 percent of fatal crashes from 2003 to 2007, with speeding being the number one factor.
Were You a Victim of an Aggressive Driving Accident?
If you were an injured victim of a Florida car crash caused by an aggressive driver, it’s important that you remember the driver’s behaviors that led up to the accident so you can receive the compensation you deserve. Before you discuss your accident case with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything, you should speak to an experienced car accident attorney.
Jim Dodson has been successfully settling car accident cases for over 25 years. He can evaluate your case and work with investigators to determine that the other driver’s aggressive behavior caused the accident and your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, please fill out our online contact form today or give us a call at 727-446-0840. We are here to help.