Negligent Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is an issue on U.S. roadways as it leads to numerous injuries and deaths each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as taking place when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property” (NHTSA).

Aggressive and Negligent Driving

Aggressive and negligent driving can be attributed to drivers who:

  • Are inattentive while driving
  • Follow vehicles too closely
  • Change lanes frequently
  • Speed excessively
  • Run through red lights
  • Express frustration to other motorists

Avoiding Aggressive Tendencies

To avoid becoming an aggressive driver, it is important to:

  • Leave early and allow extra time in driving to your destinations
  • Concentrate on the roadways
  • Relax
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Identify alternate routes if certain routes appear congested

Dealing with Aggressive Drivers

If confronted with an aggressive driver, it is important to follow a few guidelines to reduce the risk of an accident:

  • Get out of their way
  • Do not speed up and “challenge” the aggressive driver
  • Avoid eye contact by simply concentrating on the road
  • Be calm and patient

Aggressive, negligent and inattentive driving leads to countless accidents each day. While it is extremely important to avoid aggressive tendencies, your preparation in avoidance may not be enough to protect you in dealing with other aggressive drivers. If you or a loved one has been hurt as a cause of the aggressive or negligent driving of another, it is important that a Missouri injury lawyer is contacted. A personal injury will help to ensure that your injuries are not overlooked by large insurance companies. Contact an injury lawyer today at 314.409.7060.

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