The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”
Aggressive driving is a very serious problem which too often leads to injury and death. Studies show many Americans engage in speeding on a regular basis. Other unsafe conduct, such as entering an intersection just after a light turns from yellow to red; failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs; and making an illegal U turn are equally unsafe driving choices. The NHTSA asserts that drivers are willing to engage in other unsafe behaviors which constitute aggressive driving at alarming rates, including:
- 12% of drivers admit to making angry, insulting, or obscene gestures and comments toward other drivers;
- 10% admit to cutting in front of other drivers;
- 6% admit to passing on the shoulder in heavy traffic; and
- 3% admit to passing in a no passing zone
Things that Contribute to Aggressive Driving
There are several factors which contribute to aggressive driving. These include people who are running late, unforeseen traffic delays, a disregard for others, and a disregard for the law.
What to Do When Confronted by an Aggressive Driver
When faced with an aggressive driver, the recommended course of action includes behaviors designed to avoid escalating the situation. Get out of the aggressive driver’s way – regardless of who actually has the right of way. Do not challenge an aggressive driver. Avoid eye contact. Do not respond to gestures or words. Report the aggressive driving.
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities. Good defensive driving is essential. Be alert. Expect the unexpected. Keep a four second cushion between you and the car ahead. It may save your life. Keep calm keep driving safely when other motorists engage in aggressive driving behaviors.
If You Have Lost a Loved One
Statistics demonstrate that traffic fatalities are decreasing in Alaska. Until we reach zero, there are still too many. IN particular, too many children are injured or killed each year by aggressive driving. If you have lost a loved one because of an aggressive driver, contact a highly experienced wrongful death attorney in Alaska. Merdes Law Office, P.C. will assist you and your family, holding the aggressive driver accountable. To schedule a free consultation contact Merdes Law Office, P.C. toll free at 866.452.3741 or for further information please visit www.Merdes.com.