What is aggressive driving?

October 12, 2009

Road rage is a term that we’re all familiar with – but what exactly is road rage, or, as it is often called, “aggressive driving?”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”

Actions that constitute aggressive driving include:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Passing a vehicle on the right
  • Failing to obey traffic signals and road signs
  • Failing to yield to the right of way
  • Flashing your headlights
  • Intentionally blocking other vehicles
  • Unsafe lane changes

Unfortunately, aggressive driving is all too common, and aggressive drivers are responsible for a large percentage of all car accidents. There are, however, steps you can take to protect yourself from aggressive driving:

  • Allow the driver to pass you
  • Maintain the speed limit and stay calm
  • Do not retaliate or provoke the aggressive driver
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Do not make offensive gestures
  • Report the aggressive driver to the police

If you have been in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver, contact Fears | Nachawati today. Our personal injury lawyers have experience representing the victims of aggressive driving. To receive free legal advice on your potential personal injury lawsuit, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584

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