Aggressive driving: everyone has seen it. It’s the driver who gets too close behind other cars to try to push them into going faster. It’s the driver who speeds through school zones because they’re in a rush. It’s the driver who makes lane changes with too little room to do so, forcing other drivers to accommodate the aggressive driver’s poor driving. There are a few things that you can generally say about aggressive drivers and be assured that you’re correct:
- They’re not as good at driving as they think
- They endanger everyone on the road
- They take risks that are downright stupid
What do you do with these drivers? Avoid them, if you can. You should also be aware of the risks that they do present so that you can anticipate what you might face when you run into one.
According to the NHTSA, 60 percent of drivers that they surveyed for a study said that they feel that unsafe driving is a threat to them and their families. This is not too surprising. The NHTSA identifies some specific problems with aggressive drivers that good drivers should be aware of. For instance:
- Aggressive drivers tend to not be concerned with other motorists
- Aggressive drivers sometimes use the anonymity provided by their vehicles to vent aggression at other drivers
- They are risk takers
- They routinely break the law on the roads
All of this boils down to a portrait of a driver who is angry, a poor driver, who doesn’t really care about the welfare of other drivers and who takes risks, a habit which may be exacerbated by their frustration. These drivers pose risks that are too numerous to name one by one, but here are some of them.
Rear End Collisions
Aggressive drivers will ride your bumper, driving too fast and sometimes end up colliding with the vehicles in front of them.
These drivers oftentimes disobey stop signs and red lights, causing wrecks and serious injuries to other drivers.
Aggressive drivers are typically angry, frustrated individuals who may react with anger if they are involved in a crash, even if they caused it. Be wary of this if you’re in a wreck with one.
Dealing with the Threat
Don’t retaliate. The best way to deal with aggressive drivers is to just let them go by and get out of their way. They can’t hurt you if you’re not near their vehicle. Aggressive driving is negligent. If you’re harmed by an aggressive driver, contact a car accident lawyer about filing a lawsuit to get compensation. No matter how much of a rush they were in or how good a driver they thought they were, aggressive drivers are responsible when they harm other motorists.