There are a number of reasons why traffic accidents occur. One these reasons is called Aggressive Driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has defined aggressive driving as, “The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Aggressive Driving in and of itself is not a crime, but the types of driving that are considered Aggressive Driving can be crimes such as speeding, tailgating, not changing lanes properly, driving too fast for conditions, and tailgating another driver, just to name a few. It is estimated that in the United States an approximate 6,8000,000 traffic accidents happen each year. Out of this number, many traffic accidents are caused by Aggressive Driving. For example, statistics from years past have shown that over 10,000 people have been killed or injured in traffic crashes due to Aggressive Driving.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a traffic accident caused by Aggressive Driving, then please Contact Us for your free legal consultation as we have represented hundreds of people in Aggressive Driving cases and we understand the complexities of these types of traffic incidents. For instance, many people feel that Aggressive Driving is a personal threat to their safety such as the types of driving conditions described above. A main problem is that Aggressive Driving can start out as a safety concern and then end up being full blown road rage that ultimately puts people in grave danger. It is known that in all States drivers have killed other drivers in incidents of Road Rage for no good reason except that the driver lost his or her temper while behind the wheel.
It is important to remain clam when driving and not succumb to incidents of Road Rage and if a person has a history of such conduct, to seek anger management or a course of the like to learn how to deal with these circumstances. We all know that being in traffic can be tense and it is very important to learn how to deal with this behavior, beginning with learning how to not drive aggressively so that your conduct does not get out of control when you are behind the wheel and cause harm and danger to other drivers.
Furthermore, it has been shown that many Aggressive Drivers are more likely than not to drink and drive which as we have discussed under Drunk and Impaired Driving Accidents can easily lead to severe injury or death in an accident. Anytime a driver is impaired, it causes great danger to the driver of that vehicle as well as other drivers on the road.
Speeding is another form of aggressive driving that can lead to terrible consequences. As our speed limits continue to increase, it is likely that we will also see a rise in accidents. Remember, just because the speed limit has been raised where you drive does not mean that you have to drive in a manner that you feel is unsafe. It is important that if you are a slower driver to remain in the right lanes verses the left lanes so that those motorists who choose to drive at a faster rate of speed are allowed to do so, and that you don’t become a victim of someone who tailgates you, drives too fast, is an aggressive driver, and ultimately may cause harm to yourself and your family.
In an effort to reduce aggressive driving the NHTSA advocates educating the community on the risks of aggressive driving and also assigning more police for traffic control, giving more tickets, raising fines, and raising insurance costs. As such, the State of Maryland began its "Aggressive Driver Campaign" in 1995, emphasizing education, enforcement, and informing the public. As a result, Maryland State Police were praised by the public for these efforts. Even better news is that fatalities related to aggressive driving have declined dramatically despite the fact that there are more drivers on the road each year.
At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, we are strong advocates against Aggressive Driving so if you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident involving Aggressive Driving, then please kindly Contact Us for your free legal consultation by any of all of the following means; By Phone at 770-865-8654 and (813) 363-6664; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; and/or on our Contact Page on our website. We are here to help you in any way that we can.