Aggressive Driving Accidents in Atlanta

Injured in an accident caused by an overly aggressive driver?

Aggressive driving, sometimes informally referred to as road rage, is the act of making certain decisions and acting certain ways when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is defined as "the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property." This could be anything from speeding to improper lane changing to tailgating the car in front of you out of frustrating for their low speed.

All of these could be classified and fall under the umbrella of "aggressive" driving behaviors. If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by this type of behavior, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. At Kalka & Baer, LLC we are compassionate to the plight of our clients and are committed to helping them in their time of need. We understand what a danger aggressive driving is on the road, and do everything we can to help the victims.

Understanding the Aggressive Driving Behavior

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that aggressive driving is one of the utmost concerns for people who are on the road, but only for the other driver. In 2005, ABC News and The Washington Post conducted a phone survey; during this, more than 30 percent of respondents stated that aggressive driving was the single most thing to endanger them on the road. This response equaled that of drunk driving and tripled almost any other thing that was given as a response.

Below we have outlined the following as examples of aggressive driving:

  • Tailgating other drivers;
  • Weaving in and out of traffic;
  • Failure to yield the right of way;
  • Preventing other drivers from passing;
  • Driving at unsafe speeds; and
  • Running stop signs or red lights.

All of the above can make individuals feel unsafe on the road, and rightfully so. What is interesting, however, is that aggressive driving often falls into a category of "do as I say, not as I do." Where most survey respondents stated that they felt endangered by some of the behaviors listed above, many also admitted to doing the same themselves. For example, almost half of all respondents admitted that they drove more than 15 mph over the speed limit on the highway in the past month. They also stated that they had sped up to miss a yellow light, honked, pressured other drivers to drive faster, and deliberately ran red lights.

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These types of behaviors are selfish, and completed with an utter disregard for the convenience and safety of other drivers on the road. Worse, they can be the cause of catastrophic car accidents. Some of these may stem from a driver being territorial over their car; others may stem from aggression from another area in their life, or improper training or respect for driving.

Regardless, aggressive driving behaviors are dangerous and are estimated to be the cause of almost 66 percent of car accidents on an annual basis. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by aggressive driving, do not hesitate to contact Kalka & Baer LLC as soon as you can. With more than 20 years of experience, we can help you in the pursuit of justice.

To learn more, or to schedule your free initial case consultation, contact our firm today!