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More Fatal Accidents Are Being Caused by Aggressive Drivers Than You Think

More Fatal Accidents Are Being Caused by Aggressive Drivers Than You Think

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When asked what the biggest threat to road user safety is, many would reply with answers such as cell phones, drunk drivers, excessive speed, large trucks, or overcrowded roads. While those answers are certainly all correct, and even the term “accident” is used much too loosely since 93 percent of collisions are caused by easily preventable human error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one answer that many would leave off the list of problems is aggressive driving. In fact, aggressive driving is responsible for 66 percent of all fatal traffic accident deaths, according to Safe Motorist. This may seem unlikely, but the truth is that over half of drivers admit to retaliating in aggressive ways when confronted with another’s aggressive driving, which escalates the situation into an even more dangerous scenario for everyone on the road. If you have been injured by an aggressive driver, contact a car accident attorney today for legal advice on how to receive compensation for your injuries, the traumatic experience, and your property damage.

Road Rage According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration describes road rage as committing a “moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.” Signs of an aggressive driver include the following:

  • Honking;
  • Tailgating;
  • Use of hand gestures;
  • Flashing headlights;
  • Swerving;
  • Driving with a firearm;
  • Changing lanes frequently;
  • Changing lanes quickly and without using turn signals;
  • Believing that all other drivers are going too slow; and
  • Talking or texting on a cell phones.

Avoid Escalating The Situation

When a driver tailgates, honks, or merges lanes directly in front of you without warning, forcing you to slam on the brakes, your first reaction may be to flip them off, honk, or throw your hands up in the air in a display of disgust. Doing this may only make the situation worse. If you find yourself being sucked into the aggression, take a few deep breaths, slow down, and try to let the other driver move on. By letting them have the last “word” you ensure that you get home safely without putting others at risk, because it is never worth ending the evening in the emergency room simply because another driver cut you off, even if they were the one who started the conflict. If you have been injured by a negligent driver with road rage, contact an experienced Indianapolis car accident attorney today with Holland & Holland at (317) 581-4400.

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