Almost everyone is familiar with road rage. One driver yells obscenities at the other driver while waving gestures or speeding around the car in front of them. While this is not a pleasant experience, road rage does not tend to lead to car accidents the way aggressive driving does. Aggressive driving can stem from road rage and may turn into excessive speeding, running stop signs, failing to yield, or cutting off other cars.
One wrong move can cause an accident with serious personal injuries. If you experienced a car accident caused by an aggressive driver, consider talking to an Oklahoma auto accident lawyer.
Types of Aggressive Driving
Some accidents can be prevented by keeping your distance from aggressive drivers, but to do this, you need to recognize the signs of aggressive driving. Common aggressive driving behaviors include speeding, constantly changing lanes, and not signaling on turns or while passing. This can confuse other drivers and place pedestrians at risk. A speeding car will have a harder time stopping for a crossing pedestrian than a car following the speed limit.
Some aggressive drivers will also break common traffic laws. Running red lights or stop signs, racing other cars, and failing to properly yield are common examples. Many drivers are cut-off unfairly and have their right-of-way taken advantage of. Tailgating, the act of following a car too closely, is also common. However, the reverse can happen too. Some cars who are being tailgated will rapidly slow down to shake off or annoy the tailgater. Both driving behaviors are risky.
Aggressive drivers may engage in these behaviors because they are angry, careless, or ignorant of other drivers. Some of them may not be aware of the risks of their driving behaviors.
Consequences of Aggressive Driving
Two common forms of aggressive driving, speeding and racing other cars, led to 8,856 deaths in 2017. This represents 16.9 percent of all driving behaviors that led to fatalities in the year 2017. However, even milder forms of aggressive or careless driving can lead to serious accidents. Not staying in the correct lane, for example, led to 3,826 deaths. Breaking right-of-way laws like yielding caused a total of 3,711 deaths.
Carelessness led to 2,961 deaths and reckless driving behaviors caused 1,996 fatalities. This could mean not following traffic laws, not checking blind spots, failing to use a turn signal, or running stop signs. Almost any of these actions can throw off other drivers on the road. Being thrown off-guard like that can lead to accidents.
Auto Accident Lawyer in Oklahoma
No one should have to pay for damages caused by a negligent or reckless driver. Try talking to an experienced Oklahoma car accident lawyer if you suffered injuries from one of these accidents. A lawyer can help you collect the evidence you need to obtain fair compensation. Compensation can often cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and vehicle damage. All you to do is call the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 for a free consultation today. We will work with you to defend your rights.