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Safety Tips for Dealing With Angry, Aggressive Drivers

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aggressive drivers,  San Jose car accident attorneys, car accidents, car accident injuries, aggressive drivingWe have all encountered angry, aggressive drivers, honking their horn and tailgating others in the midst of traffic. In some situations, that may even be us. Aggressive driving is a common problem on roads through San Jose and across the U.S., and it is also a leading contributing factor in car accidents and injuries.

To protect yourself, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers, as well as steps you can take to keep cool yourself when behind the wheel.

Car Accidents Due to Aggressive Driving

The Insurance Information Institute (III) states that while situations involving road rage make headlines, such as when one driver pulls a gun or crashes into another, aggressive driving is far more common and dangerous. It is a leading contributing factor in more than half of all fatal car accidents throughout the country, responsible for close to 20,000 motor vehicle deaths each year.

Common types of aggressive driving behaviors include:

  • Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
  • Tailgating and following too closely;
  • Failure to yield at turns or when entering or exiting freeways;
  • Improper passing and lane changes;
  • Failure to stop at traffic lights and signals;
  • Operating a vehicle in any reckless or negligent manner.

Any of the above may be combined with angry gestures, such as making hand motions, blocking other drivers from passing, following drivers home, or even just yelling and honking their horn. The sense of anonymity drivers get being behind the wheel combined with external pressures at home or work can make this type of behavior more likely to occur.

Dealing With Aggressive Drivers in San Jose

According to traffic studies from the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 80 percent of US drivers admitted to getting angry and taking some sort of aggressive action against another driver at some point over the past year. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road, the AAA offers these tips:

  • Avoid eye contact;
  • Do not match aggression with aggression;
  • Allow the driver to pass, and give him or her plenty of space in traffic;
  • If the driver is swerving or engaging in dangerous driving behavior, pull over to a shopping center or take the next available exit;
  • If you feel you are in imminent danger, drive to a public place, such as a police or fire station.

If you are the one who is prone to anger, take a few deep breaths the next time you are sitting in traffic. Give yourself added time to get where you need to go, practice restraint in using your horn or making gestures, and remember that your actions could cause serious injuries for yourself as well as others.

Reach Out to Us for Professional Help

When car accidents result in injuries for you or someone you love, contact the Jachimowicz Law Group right away. We have more than 30 years experience in defending the rights of our clients, and can provide the professional legal representation you need to get compensation. Contact our office online and request a consultation with our passionate San Jose car accident attorneys today.

Sources:

http://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/aggressive-driving

http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/aggressive-driving/#.WZy7nLLyu00

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