Have you recently experienced road rage? If you have, you are not alone. February is aggressive driving month. This is a time to reflect on your personal decisions while behind the wheel. Is speeding due to running late to work, anger for sitting in rush hour traffic, or aggressively signaling a slow driver worth a possible serious accident? Aggressive driving is not only dangerous for those drivers around you, but also increases your risk of a crash. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that over 6 million crashes in the United States are caused by road rage.
So what exactly is considered aggressive driving? According to the NHTSA, aggressive driving is defined as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Actions can include erratic or hazardous lane changes and stops, following too closely, speeding, and failure to obey traffic control devices. There are serious dangers and consequences related to aggressive driving. For your own safety, there are a few simple tips to follow. If you encounter an aggressive driver, keep your distance and allow them to pass you. Ignore any aggressive behaviors such as honking their horn or gesturing at you. If you feel the driver is being seriously dangerous, get the tag of their car and notify the police.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the aggressive driving of another driver, call or text Rutter Mills today at 757-622-5000. We are also available to chat with you about your case on our website. The attorneys here at Rutter Mills specialize in serious auto accidents. Contact us today to discuss your legal rights.