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How can aggressive driving lead to serious car accidents?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

As a motorist in Washington, you know firsthand the frustrations that can come with driving. Whether hurrying home after a long day at work or rushing to an important meeting, maneuvering through traffic can make a person angry.

It is the hazardous driving behaviors that come with this driving that endangers lives. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, nearly 56% of car accident fatalities involved reckless driving over a five-year period. It is important to be aware of road rage so you can avoid angry drivers and prevent yourself from becoming an enraged driver as well.

Identifying the signs of road rage

There are several hazardous behaviors that are key signs of an angry driver. According to the Insurance Information Institute, these include the following:

  • Following too close to another vehicle or tailgating
  • Racing other vehicles or speeding
  • Passing on the shoulder
  • Cutting off or blocking other motorists when changing lanes
  • Honking and yelling excessively
  • Failing to adhere to traffic lights or other drivers’ right of way

Some drivers become so enraged that they attempt to start physical altercations with other motorists. They may exit their vehicles, approach cars or use weapons. Some may intentionally cause an accident out of anger.

Knowing what to do

For some, coming into contact with an aggressive driver is a challenge. You may be tempted to race, follow or yell back when confronted by an angry motorist. Instead, law enforcement advises drivers who spot an aggressive driver to contact officers. Law enforcement can take care of the problem in a safe manner.

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