Aggressive Driving Identified as a Factor in More Than Half of Fatal Crashes
Tailgating, failing to yield, not letting other cars pass and running stop signs, all seem to be normal driving behavior these days. These types of actions are classified as aggressive driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive driving is believed to have been a factor in 56 percent of fatal crashes studied.
Aggressive driving is a concern for the majority of people on the road and rightfully so. A 2005 telephone survey by ABC News and The Washington Post found that 32 percent of respondents identified aggressive driving as the greatest threat when asked about what “most endangers your own safety on the road.” Aggressive driving had as many responses as drunk drivers and almost three times as many responses as any other potential threat that was queried.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “driving actions that markedly exceed the norms of safe driving behavior and that directly affect other road users by placing them in unnecessary danger.” An NHTSA report stated that the vast majority of drivers will respond to specific aggravation, such as annoyance to traffic conditions, by driving aggressively.
What is particularly interesting about aggressive driving is the concept of danger when it is “the other guy.” For example, the 2008 AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index found that 78 percent of respondents believed that aggressive drivers were a serious traffic safety problem, but many of these same individuals admitted to driving behavior that could fall under the category of aggressive driving. Forty-one percent of the individuals studied said that they honk at other drivers and 26 percent reported that they pressure other drivers to speed up.
If you have been injured in a New York or New Jersey car accident that you believe was caused by an aggressive driver, you should hold that person accountable. Contact an experienced Staten Island accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., at 718-701-2776 or 800-310-5520 for legal advice.