Since the 1960’s, fatalities from car wrecks overall have gone down nationwide. Yet, accidents and fatalities from aggressive driving increase every year. At Morrison & Hughes, our Alpharetta car accident lawyers have handled their fair share of Georgia motor vehicle crashes—especially those that were the result of drivers with road rage. Here is advice on how to dodge road rage and not be so angry on the road.
Aggressive Driving Facts
- Aggressive driving is characterized by being an overall danger to its surroundings such as other cars, people, animals, nature, and property.
- Excessive speeding
- Not using their car signals to change lanes or turn
- Running red lights or other signs
- Driving too closely to other vehicles
- Chasing other vehicles
- Swerving through traffic (Cutting off other vehicles)
- Shouting, cursing, or threatening drivers or pedestrians
- Throwing objects at other drivers or pedestrians
- Honking for no reason and excessively
- Getting out of the vehicle and physically assaulting others
- Road rage is the cause of 2 out of every 3 of traffic fatalities.
- In 2019, 8 out of every 10 drivers admitted to projecting aggression (road rage) at least once within the last month. Within this 80%:
- 51% tailgate purposely
- 33% make angry/crude gestures
- 24% actually block another vehicle from changing lanes
- 4% get out of their vehicle to confront another driver
- 3% bump into another vehicle on purpose
- Half of drivers who were victims of aggressive driving state that they acted aggressively back. Two percent of these drivers admit in attempting to steer their provoker off the road.
- Over a third of aggressive drivers have used a firearm.
- Every year pedestrians are killed because of careless or aggressive driving.
Avoiding Road Rage According to Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyers
After reading all of the horrifying statistics about U.S. aggressive drivers, what are you going to do about it? Will you be part of the problem, or the solution? Follow the tips from an Alpharetta car accident lawyer below to not let your anger get the best of you while on the road.
- Most importantly, be a safe and respectful driver.
- There is no need to yell at others, including pedestrians and bikers.
- Please don’t give someone the middle finger.
- Cutting other drivers off will only make a situation worse.
- Only use your high beams when they are necessary.
- Always use turn signals when changing lanes or turning.
- Honk only when you need to.
- Left lane is for passing. Don’t be the jerk who drives slow in the left lane. No one likes this person.
- Don’t drive angry, upset, or tired.
- Apologize to another driver if you’ve made an error.
- Everyone makes mistakes. Wave and smile at the other driver to apologize.
- Drive at a reasonable speed.
- Don’t assume you have more important things to do than others.
- Move away from aggressive drivers. Be empathetic.
- Let aggressive drivers go around you instead of being aggressive back. This only makes a situation worse. Everyone has bad days.
- Do not take it personally that someone is driving recklessly. There are a hundred reasons why someone could be driving carelessly. (It’s not an excuse, but sometimes you have to let things go.)
- Don’t start to chase or speed up to a car that is speeding. This will not teach them a lesson.
- Report aggressive drivers.
- If you have a license plate or enough of a description, report someone to a road rage hotline.
- If you feel that you are being attacked, call 911.
Best Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyer
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Motor vehicle accidents from aggressive drivers can result in severe injuries and even wrongful death. With help, you won’t have to seek medical attention, recover lost wages, or communicate with an insurance company alone.
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