Aggressive driving has become an increasingly dangerous problem on the nation’s roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as when "an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." Often, such aggressive driving behavior results in auto accidents and/or injuries. A Coweta County auto accident lawyer can help you if you have been involved in an accident with an aggressive driver.
Aggressive drivers seem to always be in a hurry, and participate in dangerous behaviors such as tailgating, speeding, frequent lane changes, and running red lights. They also often take their frustration with unavoidable traffic out on fellow motorists, which can lead to violence or accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has laid out tips to avoid the need for hurried and aggressive driving, such as allowing extra travel time, identifying alternate routes with less congestion, listening to calming music in your vehicle, and the use of public transportation. Finally, the NHTSA points out that if you are running late, it is always better to simply arrive late than to cause serious injury or fatalities. Not to mention having an auto accident will only cause you to arrive even later.
Furthermore, here are tips for safely surviving encounters with an aggressive driver:
- Move out of their way – change lanes or let them pass you without conflict
- Avoid eye contact
- Ignore gestures and do not return them
- Report aggressive driving to the authorities
The most important thing to remember if you encounter an aggressive driver is to put your pride aside. Challenging such drivers or returning gestures or rude glances may further enrage the aggressive driver and increase the chances of an auto accident.
If you do suffer an auto accident in Coweta County as a result of aggressive driving, a qualified auto accident attorney can help. Please contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a consultation regarding your accident, and we can help you at every stage of the process.