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What Is Aggressive Driving?

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Aggressive drivers are everywhere. Anyone can be an aggressive driver under the right circumstances.

In fact, a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that about 80% of U.S. drivers have expressed anger, aggression, or road rage at least once in the last year.

Read on to learn some behaviors that are associated with aggressive driving.

Aggressive Behaviors

While you can probably point out aggressive driving when you see it, what really is it? As defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving occurs when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”

Some aggressive driving behaviors are as follows:

  • Speeding in heavy traffic
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting in front of another driver and then slowing down
  • Running red lights
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Changing lanes without signaling
  • Blocking cars that attempt to pass or switch lanes

Avoid Aggressive Drivers & Aggressive Driving

When you’re driving aggressively, you’re not following your implied duty of care as a licensed driver. As a driver, you’re obligated to take adequate care to make sure that all your actions—or actions you don’t take—don’t cause harm to others on the road or damage property.

If you’re engaging in aggressive driving behaviors, you’re not living up to the standard of care that all drivers are obligated to. The standard of care expects you to reach the same standards as “the average motorist.”

If you’ve been hurt in a car crash caused by aggressive driving behaviors, our attorneys here at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP are here to help. Our team has helped many others in similar situations attain the justice they deserved, and we can help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.

If you or a loved one is involved in a car crash, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP can help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out an online contact form.