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How does aggressive driving lead to accidents?

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

You’re sitting in traffic and just about to be late for work. You could fly into a fit of rage, it wouldn’t do you any good since you’ll still be stuck behind a vehicle. While you understand there’s nothing you can do to speed up traffic, that hasn’t stopped an aggressive driver from blasting their horn and speeding through traffic.

Aggressive drivers can be frustrating to be around, but, more importantly, they’re a danger to others. When aggressive drivers act on their emotions, they could cause catastrophic car accidents. How can that happen? Here’s what you should know:

Honking, tailgating and speeding 

One of the first issues with aggressive drivers is that they may spend more time honking their horns and yelling at others than paying attention to the road. Focusing on the road is critical when driving. If an aggressive driver ends up reacting to their emotions, then they may not have time to react when avoiding an accident.

Secondly, many aggressive drivers are known for speeding. Every chance an aggressive driver has to be a little further up in traffic than before is a win for them. However, speeding has its consequences, such as making split-second decisions that often end up causing accidents.

Finally, some aggressive drivers will tailgate others. What this serves to accomplish isn’t entirely known, but what it does is put pressure on both the tailgater and tailgated drivers. The tailgated driver can’t do anything but move forward gradually, while the tailgater has to be sure they stop if the other driver suddenly stops – which doesn’t give them much time or distance to do so.

It can be extremely frustrating and upsetting when an aggressive driver causes your injuries. Many people have to seek legal help to ensure their medical bills and vehicle repairs are compensated because a driver reacted emotionally.