Aggressive driving is a constant problem on New York’s roads, with more than 30,000 accidents every year resulting from these reckless drivers. Often, aggressive driving places both the driver and the people around them at unnecessary risk of an accident, increasing the chances of an injury or death. But what is aggressive driving and why is it such a danger on the roads?
Defining Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is a broad term encompassing a number of reckless driving habits that people are more likely to engage in when they are angry, irritable or stressed out. This includes many behaviors, such as tailgating or speeding, which are considered violations of the traffic law, as well as other dangerous activities. It also includes so-called “road rage” incidents, where drivers will go out of their way to try to harm other drivers or incite them into engaging in dangerous activities.
Bad Habits of Aggressive Drivers
As stated above, aggressive driving encompasses a number of common bad habits, as well as less common behaviors, that place themselves and other drivers at risk. Some of the most common dangerous habits of aggressive drivers includes:
- Refusing to give the right of way
- Running stop signs or traffic lights
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Weaving between lanes
- Using bus or bike lanes when not driving an appropriate vehicle
- Driving past hazard markers
- Deliberately trying to run other vehicles off the road
- Deliberately slamming into other vehicles
- Stopping to threaten or attack other drivers or pedestrians
Avoiding Aggressive Drivers
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid aggressive drivers on the road. However, you can at least watch for the possible signs of someone driving aggressively. First, stay away from vehicles that are going significantly faster than other vehicles around them, and especially try to avoid vehicles that constantly swerve or change lanes. If a driver is tailgating you and refusing to give you suitable space to brake, try to move to another lane. And, of course, do not stop or pull off to the side of the road if someone decides to start threatening you.
What to Do if You Are Injured by an Aggressive Driver
If you or someone you love is injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you should not wait to do something about it. First, you should seek medical attention for any injuries you have received, and afterwards, you should contact a personal injury attorney with experience handling auto accident cases. The sooner you speak to a lawyer about your accident, the sooner you can begin the legal process to get the compensation you deserve.
The personal injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC are experienced in representing clients who have been seriously injured, and the surviving family members of those who have been fatally injured, as the result of serious accidents. The firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers strive to secure full and fair compensation for their injured clients. With law offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Manhattan, their personal injury lawyers can vigorously represent clients throughout the metropolitan area, including in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and New Jersey. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call (718) 238-2400 or fill out our contact form.