Reduce Your Car Accident Risk By Avoiding Conflicts With Aggressive Drivers
Most of us have had the experience of being cut off in traffic, or having another driver tailgate us or make some sort of hostile hand gesture. While you may be tempted to return their rude conduct with actions of your own, be aware that doing so will only escalate the situation and increase your accident risks. Car accidents caused by aggressive drivers are unfortunately common in Florida and throughout the country. You can help protect yourself and your passengers by knowing how to successfully avoid these types of conflicts in the first place.
Common Types Of Aggressive Driving
According to fact sheets from the Insurance Information Institute (III), aggressive driving results in more than 50,000 car accidents each year, and is a contributing factor is more than half of all traffic fatalities. Considered as any activity that is hostile towards other drivers, putting everyone on the road at risk, common types of aggressive driving behaviors include the following:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
- Running red lights and traffic signals;
- Tailgating and following other drivers too closely;
- Improper passing, or swerving in and out of lanes;
- Failure to yield when making turns or on freeway ramps;
- Following other drivers, racing, or making aggressive gestures.
Encountering an aggressive driver on the road is nothing to take lightly. These situations can escalate quickly and can result in actual violence. One of the drivers may threaten the other with a weapon or follow them home and physically assault them, or ram their vehicle in a way meant to cause damages and injuries.
Protecting Yourself Against Aggressive Drivers
Are you guilty of acting aggressively behind the wheel? According to Esurance, if you make a habit of hitting the gas as soon as a light turns yellow to avoid stopping, cut others off to ‘teach them a lesson’, or have a habit of tailgating or hitting your horn in traffic, the answer is yes.
To avoid causing an accident in which you or others suffer injuries, consider allowing yourself extra time to get where you need to go, listening to soothing music in your vehicle, and practicing deep breathing when you feel yourself getting angry. If you should find yourself contending with another driver behaving aggressively on the road, Esurance recommends taking the following actions to protect yourself and help diffuse the situation:
- Avoid eye contact or any interaction with the driver.
- Do not respond to hand gestures or lay on your horn.
- Stick to the right lane and provide plenty of room for them to pass.
- If you suspect the other driver is following you, do not continue home. Pull over at a police station, restaurant, or some other public place and dial 911.
In the event a car accident does occur, contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III as soon as possible. Our experienced Fort Pierce car accident attorney provides the aggressive legal representation you need to hold these drivers accountable for the actions. Call or contact us online today to request a free consultation to discuss your case.