Aggressive driving is cited in an alarming number of motor vehicle accidents. What does aggressive driving refer to exactly? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that an aggressive driver is a motorist who operates their vehicle deliberately in a dangerous manner despite the risk of causing an accident. This includes aggressive or illegal passing, speeding, tailgating, weaving, abrupt and dangerous lane change, honking, flashing lights, obscene hand gestures or yelling, running stop lights or stop signs, and other related behaviors.
Aggressive driving is a serious problem in this country. When you are faced with an aggressive driver near you on the road there are some things you can do to best protect yourself from being involved in an accident with them.
1. Get Away
The first thing you should attempt to do is to simply get out of their way if you can safely do so. Even if it means you have to pull over. It is better to safely get away than remain in a risky situation.
2. Seat Belt
You should always be wearing your seat belt when in a vehicle, but if you are faced with an aggressive driver make sure that you and all of your passengers are safely secured. If you do get into an accident the seat belt will greatly reduce the chance of serious injury.
3. Do Not Challenge
You may feel like you need to fight their recklessness by challenging their driving but this is a dangerous decision. It is best to not let your pride get the best of you and do not attempt to out speed them or to try and block them from continuing their reckless driving.
4. Avoid Eye Contact
Aggressive drivers may get a kick out of frustrating and infuriating other drivers, and if you look over at them you may further encourage their behavior. Keep your eyes on the road and keep a look out for your opportunity to safely get away from them.
5. Ignore Gestures
Sometimes the aggressive driving can quickly escalate and the driver may begin to taunt you by screaming obscenities or uncouth hand gestures. If it comes to this point it is best to not only ignore them but to make sure you do not return the gestures or shouts.
6. Report Them
When you can safely do so, be sure to report them to the proper authorities. Your area may have a specific number to call or jut call 9-1-1. Make sure you tell them the license plate number, a description of the vehicle, where you witnessed the aggressive driving, as well as what direction they were traveling in.
If you see that the aggressive driver has gotten into an accident ahead be sure to stop and wait for police to arrive at the scene and then report the aggressive driving. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an aggressive driver contact the New Jersey car accident lawyers at Console and Associates P.C.. Call us today at (866) 778-5500 to set up your free consultation.