Speeding and aggression in a motor vehicle comes with an inherent risk of accidents and injuries. Such risks increase when other drivers on the road also act irresponsibly. While some drivers do make mistakes, others purposefully choose to drive dangerously.
If a deliberately dangerous driver causes a mishap, all the victims who are injured have a right to recover losses from the driver.
Aggressive Driving Behaviors
Anyone behind a wheel can become impatient. Stop lights, slow drivers and traffic can be frustrating, particularly when you’re in a hurry. But it is critical that you don’t let your frustration lead to dangerous, threatening driving behaviors. Aggressive driving behaviors include:
- Following cars off the road – in some extreme cases, a driver’s anger leads them to follow another car. They stop in a parking lot, for example, the aggressive driver gets out and threatens the other driver.
- Anger and frustration – aggressive drivers will often make threatening gestures, yell at others on the road, honk horns excessively or flash their lights. All of these actions can distract other drivers and cause an accident.
- Violating traffic laws – this can be done in different ways. For example, tailgating, speeding, running red lights, changing lanes unnecessarily, passing on the wrong side or running cars of the road.
How to Avoid Aggressive Drivers and Accidents
There are some steps you can take to avoid harmful encounters.
- Give aggressive drivers space – get out of their path when you can by moving over a lane or safely pulling over. Don’t try speeding up or holding your own lane. Just let them pass.
- Never retaliate – if an aggressive driver yells or makes obscene gestures at you, swallow your pride and avoid retaliating. If you engage these kinds of drivers in any way, it may encourage their behavior and result in escalating the situation.
- Report the driver to the right authorities – if you notice a driver being dangerous or feel like they may become violent, call the police for assistance. Even if you can drive away from the aggressor, the police will stop them and put a stop to them placing other drivers at risk.
- Don’t hit the brakes – if you are being tail gated, never hit your breaks to try to scare the person behind you or get them to back off. Rather let them pass you by. Unexpectedly hitting the breaks will only increase the chances of them crashing into the back of your vehicle.
What Happens If You’re Involved in an Aggressive Driving Accident?
If you are involved in a collision caused by an aggressive driver or you are run off the road, wait for the authorities to arrive on the scene. They will make a report and issue any necessary tickets for law violations.
Then you should seek a medical evaluation to ensure that any injuries you have incurred are diagnosed and correctly treated.
Finally, discuss the evidence of the incident as well as the other driver’s wrongful behavior with an attorney at Dement Askew who will help you hold the other driver accountable. Always try not to engage aggressive drivers in order to avoid accidents and injuries.