What you should know about aggressive driving

Aggressive drivers put the lives of everyone on the road in danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Reporting System, more than 52 percent of fatal accidents over a five-year period involved aggressive drivers. AAA reported, that at least 80 percent of all drivers admit to driving erratically or in an aggressive manner at some point. Whether you are running late to an important appointment or meeting or you are simply tired of being stuck in traffic, aggressive driving is a serious problem for drivers in Kentucky and across the country.

By understanding the signs of aggressive driving and knowing what to look for, you may be able to avoid becoming the victim of a serious car accident. The signs of road rage may include the following:

  •          Failing to yield to right of way
  •          Failing to obey traffic signs, traffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks
  •          Speeding
  •          Improper and erratic changing of lanes
  •          Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle

People with road rage may use profanities or use obscene hand gestures when passing other vehicles. Aggressive drivers may become physically violent as well.  It is extremely important to avoid engaging in these behaviors. They may race with other drivers, further endangering those around them. Law enforcement officers encourage drivers to avoid making eye contact with road rage motorists. Contact law enforcement quickly, as they may be able to intervene and prevent a serious accident from occurring.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.