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The Facts About Aggressive Driving

February 13, 2020
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When more people are on the road, chances are there will be one or two drivers who are in a foul mood and are unable to control themselves. This can result in road rage. Road rage isn’t an innocent factor on the road and is known to lead to fatal car crashes. There are some things you should know about aggressive driving. 

Obey the Rules of the Road

Road rage often arises from an impatient driver traveling in the fast lane. If you’re in the fast lane but aren’t traveling fast or passing another car, then move out of the way so others can continue on their way. An impatient and aggressive driver traveling behind a slower moving vehicle can be a recipe for disaster. You should also be mindful of other things, as well, including tailgating or swerving without looking. Drivers become irritated when another driver is on their bumper or unexpectedly swerves into their path. These types of maneuvers can provoke someone who is already irritated. 

Don’t React

The Facts About Aggressive DrivingIf you identify a motorist who seems angry or irritated, get out of their way. In many cases, drivers will confront belligerent motorists by getting in front of them or stopping them from continuing as they were. Belligerent and angry drivers can become aggravating, and we shouldn’t let them have their way. Just let them continue. Move out of their way. When you react, you are only causing an already irritated motorist to become angrier, and the situation can quickly escalate -- dangerously and quickly. If one vehicle starts moving faster and swerving in-and-out of traffic, a car crash is likely to follow. 

Remember that Lives Can Be Put at Risk

When dealing with road rage, it’s not only car crashes that should be of concern. Road rage can also cause serious injuries unrelated to a car accident. Road rage incidents often involve firearms and other weapons which can possibly lead to death. In 2016, Los Angeles was labeled the leading location for road rage incidents involving dangerous weapons. Often, these situations will happen in stopped traffic, and one driver will exit their vehicle, causing an altercation with another motorist who also leaves their vehicle. Sometimes, a gun is pulled while both drivers are still in their cars and traveling down the road. 

Aggressive Driving Crashes in Albuquerque

When drivers become aggressive, they are more likely to make reckless and dangerous decisions on the road. This can put you and others in a dangerous situation. Most cases of aggressive driving involve young males.

Each year, nearly 66 percent of roadway fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. Thirty-seven percent of these incidents involve a firearm. Injured parties may be able to recover lost compensation with the help of a New Mexico car crash attorney

Aggressive drivers deserve to be held accountable for their actions. Will Ferguson & Associates can increase your chances of a successful claim. Give us a call at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case today.

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