According to the 2016 US Census Data, there are at least 115 million cars on the road every day. Traffic is typically heaviest during peak hours when people are commuting to and from work, and this is usually when people are especially eager to get to where they are going quickly. With all of these drivers on the road, it’s common for people who are in a rush to become frustrated and start driving aggressively. This type of behavior is dangerous for everyone, when people start to react quickly without thinking about the consequences of their actions accidents are more likely to occur.
The American Auto Association (AAA) reports that aggressive driving actually accounts for up to half of all traffic fatalities. So anytime you get behind the wheel, it’s important to be able to recognize aggressive drivers and figure out how to avoid them.
What Does Aggressive Driving Look Like
You’ve probably seen it before. You’re sitting in traffic and the car in front of you is constantly trying to change lanes to move forward, and narrowly misses hitting some of the other cars on the road in the process. This is just one indication that a person is driving more aggressively than they should. Some other signs of aggressive driving might include:
- Speeding (this accounts for one-third of all traffic accidents)
- Merging in and out of lanes quickly, without checking for other cars
- Tailgating, or driving too close to the car in front of you
- Road rage, or acting out/yelling at other drivers on the road
- Ignoring road signs and stop lights
How to Avoid an Aggressive Driver
Once you’ve identified an aggressive driver, the safest thing that you can do is to avoid them. You can practice avoiding an aggressive driver by following a few simple rules. The first one is to stay calm, do not let someone else’s road rage or dangerous behavior affect the way you are driving. Next, make sure that you are going the correct speed limit, driving in a predictable way helps limit your own risk of an accident. Don’t try to follow a person who is speeding or driving in a dangerous way. If you feel like a driver on the road is causing harm to other people, you can also call the police to report them. Make sure that you either pull off the road or have someone else in the car make this call so that you can pay attention to the task at hand—driving safely.
If You Were Injured in a Traffic Accident, Call Brauns Law Today
Road rage happens everywhere, and often results in accidents and injuries. If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver in the Duluth, Georgia, area, you should first seek immediate medical attention and then contact the attorneys at Brauns Law firm. Our experienced legal team will help you navigate the process of opening a claim and collecting just compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (404) 205-8614, or contact us online.