Notes On Aggressive Driving From The AAA And Your Accident Attorney
The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety has three convenient articles posted about aggressive driving. Aggressive driving, sometimes referred to as "road rage," has been an ongoing problem that causes automobile, motorcycle and other forms of traffic accidents. The unfortunate fact remains, though, that most of the time these accidents can and should be avoided. However, if you have been involved in a car wreck and you believe that you are not at fault, you should always schedule a free consultation with a tenured and tenacious accident attorney to discuss the unique details of your case. Whether or not road rage had a role to play in your accident will be discussed during your free consultation.
At Lowman, you will meet with an attorney who will methodically recreate the accident with you, from your perspective. This process helps us gather the necessary details about your claim, as well as helps us determine whether or not you have a case. Again, it's worth noting that, should you be involved in an automobile or motorcycle accident, you should always contact a lawyer.
What we would like to do for this post is briefly touch on some of the points about road rage made in the three articles mentioned above, and we do encourage you to read all three in their entirety. They will most likely lend you some valuable psychological insight into why road rage happens, how you can notice it when it's happening to you and what you can do to prevent it.
Aggressive Driving: Notes Presented By Your Accident Attorney At Lowman Law Firm
- Aggressive driving, or road rage, is a term that, in its broadest sense, can refer to any display of aggression by a driver. However, the term is often used to refer to the more extreme acts of aggression, such as a physical assault, that occurs as a direct result of a disagreement between drivers.
- In some cases it appears that incidents of road rage are caused by simple misunderstandings between drivers. A driver may make a momentary error of judgment but the perception of another is that he is driving aggressively.
- At least 1,500 men, women, and children are seriously injured or killed each year in the United States as a result of senseless traffic disputes and altercations. The incidents reported in this study are only those caught by the reporting network of Mizell & Company. Beyond question there are many more that are not reported in the media or for which the traffic altercation aspect is not mentioned.
- There are thousands of mentally and emotionally disturbed individuals on the highway. Charged with anger, fear, and personal frustration, and often impaired by alcohol or other drugs, motorists in all 50 states have murdered and maimed other motorists for seemingly trivial reasons. Explanations such as "He stole my parking space," "She kept honking her horn," "He wouldn't let me pass," and "She gave me the finger" abound in published reports.
- Without exaggeration, millions of motorists are armed with firearms, knives, clubs, and other weapons. There are more than 200 million firearms in circulation in the United States, and many motorists are carrying guns. It is also important to remember that every driver on the highway is armed with a weapon more deadly and dangerous than any firearm: a motor vehicle.
- Anyone can become an aggressive driver! People who have maimed and murdered motorists during traffic disputes have been old and young, males and females, rich and poor, well dressed and poorly dressed. They have been white, black, Asian, and Hispanic. Do not underestimate the potential for violence in any driver.
Call Your Accident Attorneys At Lowman Law Firm If You Have Been Involved In A Car Or Motorcycle Accident
Perhaps it's a sad commentary on our culture, but we do need to raise awareness of road rage and its sometimes devastating consequences. If you do take the time to read the full articles from which the above bullet points were culled, you'll find some surprising factors that contribute to the problem of aggressive driving. Some of those factors include overcrowding and temperature. Here in Florida, we're all too well acquainted with both of these determinants, but admittedly, rarely take them into account when we drive. Florida's population continues to grow and, of course, our roads are getting more and more saturated with traffic. Therefore, it only makes sense that incidents of road rage could very well increase. Remember, take a deep breath, try to relax and get where you are going safely and rationally.
If you have been involved in a wreck and you feel that you have a case, you should most definitely speak with an experienced accident attorney at Lowman Law Firm. After all, one of the reasons we have our justice system is because it provides us with a forum in which we can civilly settle our differences.