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The dangers of aggressive driving

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2021 | Personal Injury |

You’ve probably seen at least one aggressive driver in Louisiana. Drivers that honk, speed, tailgate or change lanes erratically could all be considered aggressive. Sometimes called road rage, aggressive driving is unsafe or impolite driving behaviors that are motivated by anger.

Aggressive driving is dangerous

Apart from being rude, aggressive driving poses real danger to other people on the road and increases the risk of car accidents. People who are letting their anger influence their driving behavior may act recklessly and fail to take safety precautions. These drivers could also be very distracted by their emotions and fail to notice things like red lights or motorcycles.

When aggressive driving becomes road rage

Road rage is considered the most severe form of aggressive driving. When a driver becomes enraged, their driving behavior might go beyond recklessness like honking and cutting other drivers off. Road rage may involve a driver making physical threats of violence or actually attempting to use their vehicle as a weapon.

Some incidents of road rage involve a driver following another driver and then attacking them outside their vehicle. There have been many incidents of road rage that involve firearms.

Why do drivers become aggressive or enraged?

Every one becomes angry and frustrated from time to time. However, most people understand that when you are behind the wheel of a fast moving vehicle, you need to try to remain calm. Some people with antisocial personality types do not know how to keep their emotions in check when something angers them while they’re driving.

Suing an aggressive driver for the accident they caused

If you were injured in a car accident that involved an aggressive driver, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. While building your claim, you may use traffic camera footage and eyewitness testimony to prove that the aggressive driver caused your accident.