Gwinnett County Car Accident Lawyer Shane Smith Breaks Down Governors Highway Safety Association Report on Speeding & Aggressive Drivers
Unfortunately, innocent drivers in Georgia have to contend with reckless drivers who drive far beyond the speed limited and drive aggressively. Both of these issues put innocent drivers on their way to work or daycare when they are dropping their children off, or when they are running some errands or try to have a fun afternoon out.
According to the National Safety Council, aggressive driving and speeding specifically results in the following statistics:
- More than 13,000 people have been killed.
- In 2005 alone, more than 1 in 4 crashes (27%) were attributed to this behavior in construction and maintenance zones.
- Many people who exhibit this behavior do so in school zones.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) costs everyone more than $40 billion every single year. For every 60 seconds that someone made up for with speeding had a financial cost of $76,000
There are many types of aggressive driving or what is commonly referred to as “road rage” that exists on the road. It is a good idea to learn what aggressive driving really is and how to spot it. Some behaviors include:
- Purposely disregarding traffic signals
- Following too closely
- Speeding up to get through an intersection at a yellow light
- Honking a horn over and over
- Using high beams behind a car and/or flashing headlights continually
- Quickly passing a car, then giving them a “brake job” to “show them who’s the boss”
If you have been a victim of aggressive driving, including, but not limited to speeding, and you have suffered damages through physical and/or emotional injuries or have lost a loved one because of a reckless driver who wanted to “teach you a lesson,” the Law Offices of Shane Smith wants to help you obtain justice. Your Gwinnett County car accident attorney will be able to sort through all of your details and see if you can file a personal injury claim under Georgia law. Call (770) 487-8999 today to speak with a Georgia car accident attorney today!
While one or more of these behaviors can and do cause auto accidents that produce severe injuries and even death, speeding is the most prevalent and the most dangerous type of aggressive driving. According to the NHTSA, speeding is clearly referred to as, "exceeding the posted speed limit, driving too fast for conditions, or racing." This destructive behavior still lags behind progress made in regards to more passengers and drivers use their seat belts more, fewer people engaging in drunk driving.
If you are confronted with an aggressive driver, there are some simply and effective things you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a casualty. Some suggestions include:
- Stay aware of your surroundings to see if there is an aggressive driver in your proximity.
- If you see an aggressive driver, do not challenge them; get out of the way as safely and as soon as possible.
- Don’t confront an aggressive driver or reward their behavior with your reaction; it will only make things worse.
- Wear your seat belt in case your vehicle is hit by the aggressive driver
- Notify law enforcement officials as soon as it is safe to do so.
Understanding how to deal with aggressive and unruly drivers is a necessary thing for all drivers. However, sometimes using these tips and having police enforce the law is not enough and you or a family member may be a victim of an aggressive driver. If you have suffered severe injuries or have had a loved one killed due to an aggressive driver, you may have a personal injury claim. However, the only way to determine that is by speaking with a Gwinnett County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (888) 927-6955.