The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as an individual who ”commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” The NHTSA further qualified the definition using information provided by its Fatal Accident Report System (FARS) to identify contributing factors to fatal car crashes.
The following are some of the contributing factors which may indicate aggressive driving was involved:
- Illegal or constant lane changing
- Improper following
- Passing where forbidden
- Operating erratically or negligently, failing to yield
- Speeding or racing
- Failing to obey signs, traffic laws, traffic officers
Lecturer David Herrero at the University of the Basque Country studied aggressive driving and arrived at two key findings. Younger drivers were more likely to experience anger on the roadways than their older counterparts. Additionally, road safety can be increased by correctly identifying when a driver is behaving in an aggressive way and studying the underlying emotional and cognitive factors in the behavior.
Speeding, the leading cause of fatal crashes is extremely dangerous. Half of all drivers polled by AAA in its Traffic Safety Culture Index admitted to speeding by over 15% the posted speed limit (in the last 30 days), and one-quarter of drivers consider speeding acceptable. According to AAA, speeding is a factor in 1/3 of all fatal car accidents. Speeding and other forms of aggressive driving are very risky and can result in car accidents leaving victims with injuries, medical expenses, or even loss of life. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in which aggressive driving was present it is important to seek qualified legal counsel.
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