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What are the dangers of aggressive driving?

| Oct 29, 2020 | Car Accidents

While everyone in Pennsylvania knows about the dangers of distracted driving or drunk driving, fewer people are educated on the danger of aggressive driving. Many people dismiss aggressive driving as “road rage” and assume that it’s harmless. However, aggressive driving can lead to serious accidents. Here’s what people need to know about the dangers of aggressive driving.

What makes aggressive driving so dangerous?

Studies have shown that aggressive driving causes up to four times as many fatal auto accidents as drunk driving. When a person engages in aggressive driving, they’re typically distracted and not paying full attention to the road. They might even deliberately try to injure someone or ram into their vehicle. As a result, “road rage” can lead to fatal accidents.

Forms of aggressive driving include honking the horn, shouting at other drivers, making obscene hand gestures, deliberately driving too closely to another vehicle, speeding, cutting off other drivers and other dangerous behaviors. To prevent aggressive driving, individuals can be patient on the road and not get angry at other motorists. They should also avoid distractions that might cause them stress on the road, like using mobile phones or engaging in heated discussions.

What should you do after being involved in a car accident?

A motor vehicle accident can cause massive physical, emotional and financial damages. In addition to dealing with the medical bills, you might have to get a new vehicle and deal with rising insurance rates.

An attorney may be able to help you seek compensation from the other party. Your attorney may help you file a claim and negotiate with the insurance company. They might also help you file a lawsuit if the insurance company denies your claim or makes a low offer.