A large number of the 6.8 million car accidents that happen every year is due to aggressive driving, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Its survey found that almost a third of the respondents felt their safety threatened last month and two-thirds experienced this threat over the year.
What is aggressive driving? The NHTSA defines it as operating a vehicle that “endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Such behaviors include drinking and driving, speeding or otherwise disobeying traffic laws, following others too closely and flashing lights, and directing verbal and non-verbal anger at others to encourage retaliation. It’s no surprise that younger drivers and males are more likely to practice these unsafe behaviors.
What’s the best way to deal with aggressive driving? Don’t engage them and get out of their way. If one is tailgating you and blowing his horn, move to another lane and let him pass. If he gives you the finger, pretend you didn’t see it. If he rolls down his window and yells at you, turn up the radio and enjoy the music. Always leave plenty of space between you and the cars around you to avoid such confrontations.
If, despite your best efforts, these aggressive drivers cause an accident, don’t bother talking to them, or you may inflame the encounter. If it’s safe to do so, remain in your vehicle and contact us. As your Indiana car accident lawyers, we can tell you how to proceed, which can include calling the police. Your number one priority is remaining safe until the situation is resolved.