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The Dangers Associated With Aggressive Driving In Georgia

Driving in an aggressive manner is extremely dangerous. If you are veering in and out of lanes trying to get to your destination faster then it can lead to one of few things. In the best case scenario, you’ll be able to shave a few minutes off what it normally takes you to travel that distance which is generally not worth the risk or the extra fuel. In another case, you might get stuck in traffic ahead and the cars you had passed eventually catch up to you. The worst case scenario is that you cause an accident. Often in serious car accidents, aggressive driving is the primary contributing factor. Statistics report that aggressive driving is a contributing factor in 56 percent of fatal crashes.

Aggressive drivers are not that easy to avoid and it’s a high probability that you will encounter an aggressive driver whenever you are out on the road.

In order to avoid aggressive drivers it is important to understand the nature of aggressive driving. Aggressive driving may be triggered by any number different things. It is usually initiated by some insignificant incident. It could be something like not allowing someone to get over or a car going very slowly in front of you. However, cutting people off is the act that mostly precedes aggressive and reckless driving. An aggressive driver deliberately breaks traffic rules displaying fury, impatience and competitiveness on the road. An aggressive driver often feels frustrated with traffic and anxious to get to their destination. They sometimes are addicted to aggressive driving and seeking the adrenaline rush accompanying the act.

Some common indicators that may help you spot an aggressive driver are:

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light
  • Speeding through a yellow light
  • Changing lanes frequently
  • Cutting in front of another driver
  • Tailgating
  • Disregarding right of way
  • Driving on road shoulders
  • Honking
  • Pressuring other drivers to increase speed
  • Turning from the wrong lane
  • Passing on the wrong side or in non-passing zones
  • Ignoring traffic signs

Aggressive drivers sometimes try to race or challenge other drivers. Aggressive driving is the precursor to road age where an aggressive driver targets another driver with malicious intent. It’s imperative that someone on the road know how to react to an aggressive driver. An appropriate reaction may help prevent a catastrophe. Some of the things you should do when you spot an aggressive driver on the road are:

  • Stay out of the way.
  • Leave plenty of room.
  • Make sure your seatbelt is buckled in.
  • Do not compete with the aggressive driver.
  • Stay calm.
  • If you feel threatened, pull over and call the police.

An angry reaction to an aggressive driver may further escalate the situation. If you match the aggressive driver with aggressive driving of your own, you too are breaking the law and endangering other drivers. You could be potentially be ticketed or arrested by the police. Even if you follow all the rules of the road, you can still get in an accident with an aggressive driver. If an accident occurs, pull over to the side of the road and call 911 right away.  A car accident caused by an aggressive driver can leave you with physical and psychological damage. You can seek legal action to obtain compensation that covers your medical bills and lost time from work. If you have been in a car accident in Georgia it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney today for legal assistance.

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