Commuting is a part of many people's lives, and we are all well-aware of the various frustrations that can result from being on the road. Traffic, road work, and other factors can make driving a hassle, but many of us are able to accept these matters and drive safely and with respect for others. Yet there are many drivers out there who drive in a manner that is negligible and dangerous to themselves and others. These are aggressive drivers, and it is important to know how to deal with them on the road and, in the case of accidents, in court.
Our personal injury attorneys would like to take a moment to consider this issue so that you understand what your options are with these kinds of drivers.
What does aggressive driving mean?
Aggressive driving refers to various kinds of moving offenses by drivers that pose dangers to fellow motorists. These actions violate the rules of the road and may also goad other drivers into acting against common sense out of anger or frustration.
Common Offenses By Aggressive Drivers
Some common offenses by aggressive drivers include:
- Constant lane changes
- Weaving around other vehicles
- Passing motorists on the shoulder
- Cutting other drivers off
- Turning and merging without signals
- Intentionally failing to yield the right of way
Aggressive drivers may also try to antagonize other motorists verbally or with their horn and headlights while at stop signs or traffic lights. Road rage is particularly common with aggressive drivers.
Why Aggressive Drivers Are Dangerous to Other Motorists
When motorists are aggressive, it can disrupt the driving of other motorists, causing them to swerve out of the way or apply their brakes very suddenly. Any actions that disrupt normal driving by others can cause accidents to occur.
On freeways, aggressive driving is likely to cause multi-vehicle accidents. On city streets, not only are other motorists at risk, but so are bicyclists, pedestrians, and pets.
Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Drivers While On the Road
If you are behind the wheel and encounter or notice an aggressive/reckless driver, we recommend the following:
- Stay out of their way to avoid collisions
- Avoid challenging the reckless driver by speeding or cutting the driver off
- Avoid making eye contact with the aggressive driver as he or she may become more aggressive in response
- Ignore any verbal taunts, headlight flashing, honking, or hand gestures from the aggressive driver
- Report aggressive driving to the police when you can do so safely
Hold Aggressive Drivers Accountable
Our auto accident attorneys believe that the road is a shared space, and if an aggressive driver causes an accident that involves you or a loved one, that motorist needs to be held accountable. We will fight for your legal rights and help you obtain just compensation for any injuries or damages that have been experienced. You should not have to bear the burdens caused by another person's senseless negligence.
Learn More About Auto Accident Litigation
If you would like to learn more about auto accident lawsuits and how our team can assist you and your loved ones in their time of legal need, be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury attorneys today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve just compensation for any hardships that you have sustained.