MONTGOMERY, Alabama. Have you ever been so angry behind the wheel that you took action—with your car? Did you follow the other driver, or start to drive more slowly just to “get them back?” Did you honk your horn, or maybe you directed your hand in the other driver’s direction, forming an obscene gesture? You may not be alone.
Research performed by AAA suggests that the majority of drivers admit to engaging in aggressive driving. In disturbing survey results, as many as 80 percent of drivers admitted to expressing anger, aggression, or road rage—in the last year alone. NBC reports that aggressive driving behavior can involve tailgating, honking one’s horn, cutting off other drivers, blocking drivers, or giving obscene gestures.
Why are some of these behaviors dangerous? Tailgating is a hazard in its own right. If the driver in front stops suddenly, a rear-end collision could take place, or worse, a pileup could occur. Honking one’s horn can distract other drivers, leading to accidents. Horn use should be reserved for warning another driver when they are about to crash or when an accident is about to occur. When we overuse our horns we desensitize ourselves and others to its real role as a warning device. Let’s not forget that horn use also leads to noisy neighborhoods and noise pollution in general. Blocking and cutting off other drivers can lead to crashes. And obscene gestures might just increase the propensity of other drivers to act aggressively, leading to more accidents.
If you’ve been hurt due to the aggressive actions of another driver, it is important to know your rights. Aggressive driving can lead to injuries. Those who engage in the practice put themselves at risk of facing personal injury lawsuits, or even criminal charges. Morris Bart & Associates, L.L.C. are car accident lawyers who work with victims of aggressive drivers to help them seek justice if they’ve been hurt due to another person’s actions.
AAA found that 56% of fatal crashes may have been the result of aggressive driving. When it comes to aggressive driving, lives are on the line. So, what can you do if you see someone engaging in aggressive driving? AAA recommends that you don’t fight back. Instead, call the police, or drive somewhere safe where you can avoid an altercation. Stay calm yourself. Take deep breaths. Listen to music. And put yourself in the other driver’s shoes for a moment before taking action.
Finally, if you believe you may have a problem with aggressive driving, it is never too late to get help. Your life and the lives of other people on the road may be at stake. If you or a loved one’s life has been impacted by the actions of an aggressive driver, don’t hesitate in getting help. Morris Bart is a personal injury lawyer who assists families who have been impacted by the negligent or aggressive actions of other people on the road.

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