There are few types of drivers on the road that are more dangerous than aggressive drivers. These drivers engage in especially reckless behavior, dramatically increasing the risk of auto accidents and putting both their lives and the lives of others in peril. But what exactly is aggressive driving, and what about it makes it so dangerous?

What is Aggressive Driving?

    Aggressive driving is the term for a type of driving where people deliberately engage in risky, and potentially dangerous, behavior. Often, this behavior is a violation of one or more traffic laws, and in the most extreme cases, it can escalate to “road rage” incidents involving actual violence. Either way, it is generally safest to avoid driving anywhere near someone who is displaying aggressive driving behaviors.

What Are Some Examples of Aggressive Driving?

    Some of the most common forms of aggressive driving include:

  • Speeding, especially in heavy traffic
  • Tailgating (also known as “riding the bumper”)
  • Ignoring stop signs or other road signs
  • Making rude gestures, insults, or threats at others
  • Changing lanes or turning without signaling
  • Swerving between lanes
  • Passing or turning where prohibited
  • Driving on sidewalks or the meridian
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Attempting to run other vehicles off the road

How Does Aggressive Driving Result in More Accidents?

When people engage in aggressive driving, they are deliberately ignoring safe driving practices as a way of acting out their anger or frustration towards others. This has the predictable result of making it more likely for them, or the people around them, to get into a crash, which can potentially result in severe injuries or deaths. In some extreme cases, this may even be the point, as aggressive driving can sometimes escalate into outright acts of violence.

What Should You Do If You Encounter an Aggressive Driver?

If you find yourself on the road and encounter an aggressive driver, you should do your best to stay clear of them, and keep an eye out for whatever they do. Your best defense against aggressive driving is to drive defensively, which can reduce your risk of an accident and limit the harm you suffer in the event of a crash. If you are injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, you should contact a lawyer who can assist you in getting compensation for any harm you have suffered.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact the Tennessee personal injury lawyers at the Keith Williams Law Group. With convenient offices located in Nashville and Lebanon, our lawyers will work with you to create a litigation strategy that protects your legal rights and serves your personal needs. For more information or a free consultation, please contact us at 615-444-2900 or visit our contact page.