Aggressive driving is a term used to describe driving that is dangerous and without regard for the safety of other motorists. Tailgating, speeding, and cutting off other drivers are all examples of aggressive driving.
Road rage is another common term for aggressive driving and involves dangerous driving that is motivated by anger. Road rage drivers often yell or make obscene hand gestures, and their behavior is often violent and intimidating.
What Can Happen if You Drive Aggressively?
The laws against aggressive driving vary by state, but there are several offenses that aggressive drivers can be ticketed for. Reckless driving is generally defined as driving in a manner that creates an unjustifiable and substantial risk of harm to others. Traffic laws are enforced to deter aggressive driving through large fines and possible jail time. Some cities use surveillance technology to catch offenders and then mail them tickets.
Car accidents are the leading cause of accidental injury and death in the United States. Aggressive driving contributes to a large percentage of car accidents involving serious injury. Studies have shown that aggressive drivers kill two to four times more people than drunk drivers.
Why Do People Drive Aggressively?
Many factors contribute to aggressive driving behavior. Anger and frustration combine with competitive or antisocial personality traits and cause some drivers to be more prone to aggressive driving. Environmental and situational factors such as traffic or encounters with other aggressive drivers can also trigger dangerous driving behavior.
Understanding the contributing factors for aggressive driving and making a conscious effort to prevent it in your own behavior are the first steps to reducing the risk it will dangerously affect your life.
If you order someone you love has been the victim of a car accident involving an aggressive driver on Kentucky roads, Daryl T. Dixon Law can help. Our experienced legal team will work to bring justice in your case.
Whether it involves aggressive driving, road rage, or any other traffic violation, a Kentucky car accident lawyer can help you return your life to normal. Contact Daryl T. Dixon Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation of your case.