Many drivers embrace the idea of defensive driving. That means trying to use safe strategies and remaining alert to possible hazards. Unfortunately, other drivers on the roadway are aggressive and act recklessly.
What forms might aggressive driving take?
Aggressive driving can include a wide variety of reckless behaviors that can put other people in danger. These include:
- Switching lanes quickly, switching lanes without signaling the lane change, or entering a lane without enough space between vehicles
- Driving through red lights or ignoring stop signs
- Increasing speed when another vehicle tries to pass or enter the lane
- “Tailgating” or following another vehicle too closely
- Passing in no-passing zones
- Not yielding when another driver or a pedestrian has right of way
- Making inappropriate turns, U-turns or lane changes
How can you respond to aggressive drivers?
If you notice another motorist driving aggressively, you can take steps to protect yourself and any passengers in your vehicle. Try to keep calm and stay alert to the risk the aggressive driver poses. Consider slowing down or taking another route to remove yourself from this potentially dangerous environment.
Even if you are especially careful, a driver’s aggressive behavior may still lead to an accident. In these cases, our experienced personal injury attorneys can assist you in recovering damages from the aggressive driver for your injuries.