With the roadways becoming more congested as individuals prepare for the end of the year holidays, it is likely you might find yourself becoming a little frustrated while behind the wheel of your vehicle. The fact is, a buildup of traffic that increases your commute time along with inconsiderate and careless motorists all make traveling on the road much more difficult. Yet, as frustrating as it can be to have someone tailgate you or cut you off just so they can get ahead of you, it is important to stay cool and refrain from engaging in any type of behavior that would classify you as an aggressive driver.
What is an aggressive driver?
The AAA Exchange says “any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with ill intention or disregard for safety, can constitute aggressive driving.”
What signs might indicate I am an aggressive driver?
If you think you might be an aggressive driver but aren’t sure you fit the actual description, below are a few examples of some types of behavior an aggressive driver would display provided by Esurance:
- You hit the gas when you see the light turn yellow to avoid having to sit and wait for the next green light.
- When someone attempts to merge into your lane at the last minute, you attempt to “teach them a lesson” by not allowing them to do so.
- When a driver isn’t traveling as fast as you would like them to be going or fails to respond to a green light immediately, you honk your horn or even hold it down for a few seconds.
- You get frustrated easily by slower drivers traveling in the left lane resulting in you riding closely to their bumper and them speeding around them only to cut back in front to prove a point. Now, although it can be annoying to get stuck behind a slower driver when traveling in the left lane, before you get upset, you should know that the left lane is a passing lane and is not intended for travel. According to the Insurance Journal, Louisiana state law says that “motorists are not allowed to travel in the left lane of multilane highways unless they are passing another vehicle on controlled-access highways such as Interstate 10, or passing or preparing to turn on multilane highways that are not controlled-access such as U.S. 165 and U.S. 171.” Therefore, no motorist should even be traveling in the left lane unless they are using it to pass.
The AAA Exchange shares some other types of behavior that might indicate you are a distracted driver which include:
- You weave in and out of traffic.
- You change lanes without signaling.
- You cut in front of other drivers and then slow down.
- You speed when heavy traffic is present.
Now, if any of the above-mentioned behaviors resemble some of the things you do while driving your vehicle, it is important that you remember how dangerous it can be to drive aggressively. Between 2003 and 2007, “over half of the fatal crashes involved at least one driver who performed a potentially aggressive action.” In 2016, 2,002 fatal crashes transpired as a result of a driver operating their vehicle in an erratic, reckless, or negligent manner [Source: Insurance Information Institute]. So, rather than allow your behavior to cause you to engage in a serious or fatal collision, it is best to stay calm and avoid allowing other motorists to interfere with your own driving abilities.
Involved in an accident with an aggressive driver in Alexandria, LA?
Now, if you are someone you know has been involved in an accident with an aggressive motorist and are looking for some legal advice as to how you should handle the situation, contact Alexandria, LA car accident lawyer Davey Jones. It is important that at this time, you familiarize yourself with what your legal rights are along with the options you have available to you in terms of handling the matter. Our firm has extensive experience with car crash cases and would be more than happy to provide you with all the information you are seeking along with the legal representation you might be needing.
To get an initial consultation scheduled, simply contact our office at 318-442-1515.
You can call or visit the Jones Law Firm at:
1330 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71301