With spring weather right around the corner, residents in Aiken can count on an increase in traffic. Whether it is locals out for an afternoon drive or tourists headed to destinations throughout the state, it is easy to get frustrated with others on the road. However, it is important to remember in these situations that getting aggressive behind the wheel increases your risk for car accidents and potentially serious personal injuries. The following highlights the types of behaviors to watch out for and what to do if you find yourself confronted with an aggressive driver.
Common Types of Aggressive Driving Behaviors
When sitting in traffic or dealing with a slow-moving driver who delays your commute, it is hard not to lose your cool. However, it is important to not let your anger or frustration cause you to take actions which could put yourself, your passengers, or others on the road in jeopardy.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 80 percent of all drivers admit to occasionally engaging in aggressive conduct behind the wheel. It is not only common—it is also dangerous. The AAA reports that aggressive driving behaviors play a role in roughly half of all fatal car accidents. Common types of aggressive behaviors include:
Speeding and going too fast for conditions
Tailgating, or following others too closely
Improper passing and swerving from lane to lane
Disregarding traffic signs or signals
Failure to yield or to take turns with other drivers
What to Do if Confronted With an Aggressive Driver
In addition to being dangerous, most aggressive driving behaviors are also illegal. Under the South Carolina Motor Vehicle Code, drivers who take these kinds of actions could find themselves facing fines, points on their license, and increased insurance premiums. It can also make them legally liable for any damages that occur if a car accident does happen.
If you find yourself getting angry in traffic, it is important to show some restraint. Try taking some deep breaths, giving other drivers the benefit of the doubt, and generally thinking more positive thoughts. Remind yourself that you will eventually reach your destination and that the most important thing is to get there safely. If you find yourself confronted with an aggressive driver, follow these tips:
If someone is tailgating you, switch lanes
If you are driving slower than other vehicles, make sure you are in the left hand lane
Let others pass you rather than trying to block their moves
Refuse to engage if another driver honks or makes angry gestures
If you have concerns for your safety, pull over at the nearest public location and alert law enforcement. If an accident does happen, remain in your vehicle and wait until help arrives.
Contact Our Aiken Car Accident Attorney
If you are injured in a car accident due to an aggressive driver, contact our Aiken personal attorney and request a consultation. At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we can advise you on how to get compensation for the damages you suffer.