How Aggressive Driving Can Lead to a Devastating Car Accident

In our fast paced lives, we often get impatient especially while driving. However, it is important to avoid reacting aggressively. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Transportation, aggressive driving is a major cause behind many motor vehicle accidents that occur in Missouri. The state agencies have been making significant efforts to curb the menace of aggressive driving and educating drivers in order to prevent accidents.

A person is said to be driving aggressively when he/she commits a combination of traffic offenses that endanger other persons or their property. It is important for everyone to understand that aggressive driving can be far more dangerous than it may seem. Therefore, it is important to stay calm and attentive while behind the wheel.

How do I know if I am an aggressive driver?

There are a few signs that will tell you that you are an aggressive driver. Ask yourself the following:

Do you...

• Express your frustration and anger at other drivers?
• Indulge in distracted driving by reading, eating, driving, texting, or speaking on the phone?
• Fail to follow the 3-second following distance rule?
• Fail to wait for the traffic lights to turn green, and simply run red lights thinking that you can make it?
• Frequently drive faster than the weather, road, and traffic conditions permit?
• Change lanes frequently/aggressively?

Tailgating, speeding, and aggressive lane changes are the leading cause of car accidents not just in Missouri, but the entire United States. Even though most of us understand that these acts of aggressiveness can land you in trouble, aggressive driving is still the leading cause of accidents in the country.

In order to prevent accidents, drivers must address when they are being aggressive, by correcting themselves. They must plan ahead and recognize the warning signs. The simplest way to avoid aggressive driving is to leave a little early so that you are not in a hurry to reach your destination. The extra time you have will allow you to stay calm, and drive responsibly.

Another important thing drivers need to bear in mind is the importance of staying focused on the road and the other motor vehicles they are sharing the road with. Remember, even a few seconds of distraction can cause a life changing accident. If you think you are becoming anxious, just relax and concentrate. Put on some soothing music, or do some deep breathing. Don’t let the anxiety or aggressiveness take you over. Last but not the least; drive within speed limit, and follow all traffic rules.

Speak With a Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, consult with an experienced car accident attorney to pursue your claim, and get the damages that you deserve. 

Call (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis car accident attorney.

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