Despite all of the talk about happiness and cheer during the holiday season, holiday drivers experience an uptick in aggressiveness. Perhaps the aggressiveness is a result of the greater amount of traffic. Perhaps it is a byproduct of last-minute shopping. Whatever the cause, aggressive holiday drivers exist and all drivers should be cautious.
Aggressive driving is a serious problem in the United States. Some reports indicate that almost 80 percent of drivers feel the emotions often causing aggressive driving. An AAA Foundation1 study found that approximately half of fatal crashes involved a driver exhibiting potentially aggressive behavior.
But what is aggressive driving exactly? Aggressive driving is any intentional behavior that fails to regard drivers’ safety. Some examples of aggressive driving are:
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Cutting other drivers off
- Running red lights
- Failing to respect traffic rules
- Deliberately blocking other vehicles
Aggressive driving can put other drivers at risk. Engaging in the above-referenced behaviors increases the risk of an accident. These accidents can result in personal injury as well as property damage. Some examples of the accidents and damage aggressive driving can cause include:
Multiple vehicle accidents. Aggressive drivers who engage in certain behaviors–for example, weaving in and out of traffic–increase the risk of being involved in an accident. These accidents can involve two vehicles or they can cause a “pile up” of many cars. This can injure one or several of the parties involved.
Single vehicle accidents. Aggressive drivers drive recklessly. This reckless behavior could force another driver off the road, into a fixed object, or cause him or her to lose control. Victims of aggressive driving may be injured in the process.
Property damage. In addition to personal injury, accidents caused by aggressive driving can also cause significant property damage. The property damage may not only be to a vehicle; it can also result in damage to a building, signage, or other property.
Individuals injured in an accident caused by aggressive driving have a right to recover for their losses. Injuries can be relatively minor or they can be quite significant. Depending on his or her injuries, a victim may be able to recover the following damages:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Punitive Damages
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Consortium
The types and amounts of damages will depend on different facts of the case. It is always advisable to seek legal counsel after an accident.
It is best to avoid aggressive driving. Some common tips to best avoid behaviors that may cause aggressive driving include:
1. Follow traffic laws. Driving at slower speeds, especially in inclement weather, is not only safer for you but for others as well. Get to your destination safely.
2. Be vigilant. It becomes easier to avoid aggressive driving if you are aware of the signs. Other drivers may exhibit aggressive behaviors, and you may be better enabled to see them if you are using your mirrors to remain vigilant.
3. Drive safely and keep safe but reasonable distances from other vehicles. Keeping a safe distance (therefore, not tailgating) provides you with more time to stop if necessary.
4. Drive smart. Although we avoid snow and ice in New Port Richey, holiday driving conditions are not always the best. Always make sure to plan for driving conditions before hitting the road.
CONTACT A NEW PORT RICHEY AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY
Have you been injured as a result of an aggressive driver? The attorneys of Dolman Law Group are available to help. We will review the facts of your case in order to develop an effective legal strategy. Schedule your free consultation by calling (727) 853-6275 today.
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