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Common Aggressive Driving Behaviors (and How They Cause Injuries)
By Pyle Law, September 17 2019 8:36 pm
Common Aggressive Driving Behaviors (and How They Cause Injuries)

Aggressive driving is dangerous driving, and aggressive drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on our roadways. While you may not know how best to describe an aggressive driver, we all know one when we see one. It’s always in your best interest to steer clear of aggressive drivers in your midst. If an aggressive driver leaves you injured, contact an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney today. 

Aggressive Drivers

While you can probably spot an aggressive driver a mile away, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides us with a succinct definition. Aggressive driving is the act of engaging in more than one moving violation – that endangers others – at a time. When a driver, for example, weaves in and out of traffic at top speeds and cuts other drivers off in the process, he or she is a dangerously aggressive driver. 

Aggressive Driving Behaviors

While aggressive drivers can engage in nearly any kind of dangerous driving behaviors, there are certain driving activities that are most closely associated with aggressive driving:

  • Speeding – Excessive speeding may be the number one sign of aggressive driving. Driving over the speed limit – or faster than conditions allow – endangers everyone on the road. In fact, in 2017, speeding caused more than a quarter of all traffic deaths. You’ve heard it before, and it remains true, speed kills
  • Tailgating – Tailgating involves driving too close to other vehicles, and it is exceedingly dangerous. If you need to brake suddenly because of something unforeseen up ahead and you have a tailgater behind you, it’s likely to cause an accident.
  • Failing to Yield the Right of Way – Failing to yield the right of way to whomever it belongs upsets the flow of traffic and can lead to serious accidents. 
  • Raging at Other Drivers  – Aggressive drivers can morph into drivers with road rage, which involves raging at other drivers by honking incessantly, screaming, using obscene gestures, and more. Never engage with an aggressive driver – doing so is likely to escalate the situation. 

Aggressive drivers are far more likely to cause dangerous traffic accidents, and because they’re also prone to speeding, the attendant injuries tend to be that much more serious.

Coping with Aggressive Drivers 

If you’re sharing the road with an aggressive driver, give him or her all the room you possibly can. If a driver is tailgating you, attempt to move over to allow him or her to pass. If you think it’s called for, alert the authorities about the danger. Your actions could help save a life. 

If an Aggressive Driver Leaves You Injured, You Need an Experienced Kansas Personal Injury Attorney 

Aggressive drivers make our roads more dangerous for everyone. The dedicated legal team at Pyle Law is here to help. Attorney Tom Pyle has the experience, knowledge, and compassion to help skillfully advocate for your rights and for your rightful compensation. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online, email us at pylelaw@pyle.legal, or call us at 620-241-9000 or (888) 381-1155 toll-free today. 

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