Driving can be a frustrating experience at times. Traffic jams, construction, fatigue, and even simply running late can sometimes cause drivers to grow upset behind the wheel. While most people can manage these situations, some drivers respond aggressively. We’ve all heard the extreme stories of drivers with road rage acting out, but aggressive driving can take many forms, all with potentially devastating consequences.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger another person or property.” NHTSA and the state of Alaska both note some key indicators of aggressive driving behavior, which include:
- Excessive speeding
- Weaving through traffic
- Ignoring traffic signs/stops
- Inappropriate passing
- Driving slowly so as to hold up other drivers on purpose
- Using headlights or horn inappropriately
Often, aggressive driving involves more than one of these behaviors. It is a violation of traffic law, and those who engage in aggressive driving can be held accountable.
Tips When You Encounter an Aggressive Driver
The state of Alaska encourages drivers to take care if they find themselves near an aggressive driver. There are steps drivers can take to attempt to diffuse the situation on the road and effectively separate themselves from the irresponsible driver. Some good strategies are:
- Attempt to get out of the way. Often, the other driver will pass by or even just calm down. Change lanes or pull into a safe area to put space between you and the danger.
- Ignore gestures and eye contact. Do not engage an aggressive driver. Continue to travel as safely as possible without returning their gestures.
- Call 911. Always call emergency services if you feel you or others are in danger on the road.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help After a Crash
Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.