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Aggressive driving remains a major cause of car crashes

Car accidents are a major cause of death in the United States, and a significant percentage of car crashes are caused by aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving is defined as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”

These offenses can include:

  • Taking out frustration on other drivers;
  • Tailgating;
  • Making frequent and abrupt lane changes;
  • Running red lights;
  • Speeding.

For example, according to statistics from AAA, 30.7% of all fatal crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved a speeding driver, and 11.4% involved a driver who reportedly failed to yield the right of way. Driving in excess of the speed limit or too fast for conditions is a contributing factor in nearly one third of fatal crashes.

Brett Murphy attorneys often handle accident claims that are caused by aggressive driving. For example, read about the case where a man high on drugs ran a red light, resulting in $180,000 for a broken arm.

According to the AAA’s 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index, 78% of survey participants rated aggressive drivers as a serious traffic safety problem, yet nearly half of these same people admitted to speeding 15 mph over the limit on major highways in the past 30 days. Substantial numbers also admitted to accelerating to try to beat traffic lights, honking at other drivers, tailgating, and pressuring other drivers to go faster.

It’s time for all drivers to recognize that these common behaviors constitute aggressive driving, and that they contribute to a high number of accidents and fatalities each year. Please reduce this danger by slowing down, giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, leaving lots of space between you and the vehicle in front, and behaving in a polite manner. These are simple things we can all do to make our roadways safer!

Contact the Brett Murphy legal team if you need information about your rights and options in dealing with your car accident. You can contact us by calling 1-800-925-1875 or by completing our confidential contact form.