Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Two of the most behaviors that lead to car accidents are:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Road rage

Aggressive driving is demonstrated by the following:

  • Driving too closely to the vehicle in front of you, commonly known as “tailgating.”
  • Driving faster than the posted speed limits.
  • Switching back and forth between lanes of traffic while speeding, and/or driving too closely to other vehicles at the risk of clipping them from the front or back.
  • Intentionally ignoring traffic signs such as stop signs and red lights.
  • Pulling out in front of on-coming traffic instead of waiting for a safe opening.
  • Following too closely, and flashing your headlights attempting to provoke the other driver to increase their speed, or move off the roadway.

Road rage is a combination of escalated aggressive driving and anger demonstrated by:

  • An angry driver exiting their vehicle and attempting to confront another driver by opening a door, or knocking on the windows, kicking the doors, etc.
  • Yelling expletives, and threatening harm.
  • Attempting to damage another driver’s vehicle by side-swiping it, throwing heavy objects at it, or running up on another vehicles rear bumper.
  • Threatening another driver with a gun, knife, or any other weapon.

Avoiding Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

There are a few simple, but very effective steps we can take to avoid an encounter with aggressive driving and road rage:

  • Give yourself ample time to reach your destination; allowing a few extra minutes for road work, or an emergency situation.
  • Remember that in many states the left lane is for passing only, or at the very least, for those desiring to drive the speed limit. If you prefer to drive under the posted speed, stay in the right hand lane.
  • Only use your horn when you are in danger; not to express anger.

If you are the victim of a car accident caused by an aggressive driver or road rage, you should contact Oldham & Smith, Eustis injury lawyers, today for a free consultation.


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