What is Aggressive Driving?
When a driver operates a motor vehicle in an unsafe and hostile manner, he or she is engaging in aggressive driving. While most people probably familiar with some of the more extreme examples of this sort of behavior, which is often referred to as “road rage”, many might be surprised to know that many common behaviors qualify as aggressive driving. This includes:
- Unsafe or frequent lane changes
- Disregarding traffic controls
- Failing to yield the right of way
Speeding is one of the most prominent aggressive behaviors on the road and, according to studies conducted by the AAA Foundation, also accounts for one-third of all fatal crashes.
How to Handle an Aggressive Driver
You cannot control the actions of those around you, but you can control your reaction, which might help diffuse a potentially dangerous situation.
- Try to get out of the way safely, without escalating the situation.
- Do not challenge an aggressive driver.
- Avoid eye contact.
- If an aggressive driver is making harassing hand gestures, ignore them and do not respond in kind.
- Report aggressive drivers to the authorities. Include pertinent information, including a description of the vehicle, location, license plate number, and the direction in which the driver is traveling.
Choose Holladay Law Firm, PLLC if You Are Injured in an Accident
Aggressive driving is rooted in negligence, so if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver, you can seek compensation and hold them accountable for their reckless actions.
At the Holladay Law Firm, PLLC, our Texas personal injury attorneys are dedicated to the pursuit of justice on behalf of car accident victims. These types of accidents often involve serious, life-altering injuries, expensive medical bills, and long-term consequences.
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