Mississippi Auto Accidents & Aggressive Drivers
Any busy, congested metropolitan area can be home to aggressive drivers. Sharing the road with such drivers can be intimidating and dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. The areas of Biloxi and Gulfport are no exception to this national statistic.
Causes of Aggression
Instances of aggressive driving include screaming, rude gestures, and even violence. Extreme aggression is often called road rage. Aggression during driving can be caused by high stress, tailgating, and perceived slights. Drivers who use their phones, drive distracted, don’t lower their high beams, or switch lanes without signaling can inadvertently cause others to react aggressively.
Handling an Aggressive Driver
Aggressive drivers have been known to speed, ignore traffic signs or signals, weave in and out of traffic, and tailgate other motorists. If you find yourself in a situation with an aggressive or agitated driver, it is important to remain calm. Whether or not it was truly your fault that the other driver became agitated, do not react or retaliate in any way. This will, in most cases, result in the situation escalating. Much of the time, instances of road rage are a result of outside stress. It can be helpful to remind yourself that the other driver is simply stressed and may not be handling it appropriately. There are a few steps you can take when dealing with aggressive drivers, including:
- Maintaining Concentration: Be on alert for aggressive drivers. Your full concentration makes your drive safer for yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road.
- Avoiding Speeding: Speed limits are in place for the safety of the driving population. Driving at safe speeds and leaving the fast lane for faster drivers are both ways to prevent driver aggression.
- Remember to Signal and Give Time for Lane Changes: A stressed or overwhelmed driver may react or overreact to the slightest driving indiscretion. By being a safe and courteous driver, you reduce the chances of setting off another driver’s anger.
- Distance Yourself from Aggressive Drivers: Adding to the aggression on the roadway is never the solution. Remain calm and if at all possible distance yourself from the aggressive driver for your own safety.
Following an Auto Accident, Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are involved in an auto accident involving an aggressive driver, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages. Aggressive drivers should be held accountable for their actions, especially when those actions lead to accidents. If you have been involved in an accident with an aggressive driver, contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, MS. Our team of attorneys have decades of experience that can be put to work for you, representing your interests in getting the compensation that you need. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.