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What Are the Most Common Signs and Causes of Aggressive Driving?

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The list of behaviors that lead to daily car accident injuries across the United States seems endless. From driving under the influence to distracted driving to driver fatigue, actions that increase the risk of a collision are inherently dangerous, regardless of the circumstances. According to most public safety awareness campaigns and driving instruction courses, the very best piece of advice for reducing the chances of being involved in a car crash is to practice defensive driving. While you cannot control another driver’s actions behind the wheel, you can do your best to protect your own safety by remaining alert and vigilant to all that is happening around you on the roadways.

Recognizing Aggressive Motorists

How you react -- and how you drive -- the moment you spot an aggressive driver may mean the difference between reaching your destination safely or becoming a crash statistic. Some of the most common signs of aggressive driving you should watch out for include:

  • Racing and speeding

  • Tailgating

  • Sudden braking and a speed reduction to discourage someone else from tailgating

  • Frequent lane jumping

  • Cutting other drivers off by swerving in front of them

  • Intimidation maneuvers, such as boxing other cars in or shouting obscenities and making lewd gestures 

When aggressive driving escalates to the point of intentionally causing harm to others, it is considered road rage. If you experience any of these signs of aggression, it is time to contact the authorities. Even if the actions you witness do not include violent language or behavior, do not hesitate to call for help if you see any signs of an aggressive motorist that clearly places you or others on the roadway in danger.

Root Causes Behind the Behavior

Studies show that along with mental frustration and anger being common causes of aggressive driving, there are certain personality types that are more likely to contribute to such behavior. For example, the following traits have been observed in aggressive drivers:

  • Impulsiveness

  • Self-centered values

  • Sensation seeking or egocentricity

  • Lack of problem-solving skills

Research shows that these traits are commonly attributed to antisocial drivers who are more prone to hostile behavior on the roadways. Whatever the case, aggressive driving is never okay, and it is always a threat to the safety of everyone on the road.

Contact a Palatine Car Accident Lawyer

Driving defensively may not be enough to avoid a vehicle collision. Reckless and aggressive driving behaviors by another motorist can sometimes have tragic results. If you have been the victim of a road rage car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. A qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorney will explain your rights and provide you with the representation you need when pursuing financial compensation. Call Newland & Newland LLP at 847-797-8000 today to schedule your free phone consultation.






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