Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Dangers of Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive drivers are responsible for a large number of New York car accidents every year. They present a clear danger to other drivers and you should avoid them whenever possible. Here are some tips on how to spot an aggressive driver provided by SafeNY.

Avoiding an aggressive driver
Aggressive drivers often display behavior that is erratic, dangerous, and frightening to other motorists. Speeding is a key trait of aggressive driving. In addition, aggressive drivers may tailgate, recklessly pass other motorists (sometimes on the right), weave in and out of lanes, run stop signs, and display a general disregard for traffic laws and general safety.

Aggressive drivers present a threat not just in their driving behavior, but also in their potential to antagonize and harm other drivers. Road rage incidents, where drivers get into verbal or physical altercations, often turn violent and even deadly.

If you find yourself on the road with an aggressive driver, it is critical to handle the situation calmly, in order to keep yourself safe. Do not provoke or engage an aggressive driver by exchanging words, gestures, or even making eye contact. Never attempt to provoke another driver by slamming on your brakes or intentionally slowing down.

Stay out of the path of an aggressive driver, do not engage or spur escalation of his or her behavior. If necessary, pull over and call the police.

Dangers and consequences of aggressive driving
Aggressive drivers display poor judgment and a general disregard for safety, which can have severe consequences for anyone who gets in their way.

New York has many congested roadways, which can cause additional stress—thereby inciting aggressive and reckless behavior. Moreover, when in congested traffic, drivers who tend to weave through traffic, or drive at excessive rates of speed, are more likely to cause accidents.

If you were involved in a car accident with an aggressive driver, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

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