Aggressive Driving

Aggressive Driving

Speeding, Tailgating & More

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the term aggressive driving is used to describe driving behavior that involves a driver making a single maneuver or a combination of moves that endanger the people around them. These acts are not the result of negligence or carelessness, but rather are a purposeful sequence of driving habits that a reasonable person would believe to put people and/or property into harm's way. Some examples of common aggressive driving tactics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Speeding;
  • Excessive tailgating;
  • Unsafe lane changes;
  • Flashing high beams;
  • Using obscene gestures;
  • Running red lights;
  • Failure to yield; and
  • Not using a turn signal

This often dovetails into what is known as "road rage" which is a criminal offense of assaulting another with the use of a motor vehicle and/or a dangerous weapon when provoked from an incident that occurred on the road. In many instances, aggressive driving can be a precursor to road rage, however, it does not always come to that level of anger and reaction.

Overview of Aggressive Driving Nationwide

After mounting concerns regarding the ramifications of aggressive driving, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety commissioned a study to track the patterns associated to this type of driving. From early 1990 to the end of 1996, the study found over 10,000 incidents in which aggressive driving played a role. These cases resulted in over 12,000 people suffering injuries and were fatal for over 200. Similar results were found in a study that was held by the Automobile Association.

With over 500 drivers studied, the conclusions found by the researchers were harrowing. Nine out of ten drivers admitted that they had experienced road rage and six out of ten admitted that they had completely lost their temper. The most frightening aspect of these studies is the fact that there is no single culprit who can be tied into aggressive driving. While some people claim that young males with poor education are typically to be blame, it has been found that any gender, any age, any income bracket and any religion can be prone to succumbing to a temper on the road. This can result in offensive driving tactics being used, which in turn can result in devastating car accidents to occur.


Have you been injured in a car accident? If the accident was caused by the actions of an aggressive driver, you could have grounds to file a claim. At the Knowles Law Firm, they know just what is on the line with these situations and are prepared to go the distance in their efforts to protect the best interests of their clients. With proven results and a track record of success, they have proven their ability to handle complex car accident claims through actions - not words.

For this reason, it is highly encouraged that you consult with the firm as soon as possible. They know what is on the line and they are ready to help you fight for fair financial compensation. Even if you have recently lost a loved one to a wrongful death that stems from aggressive driving, you can rest easier knowing that their firm will be there to help you seek the just outcome that you deserve.

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