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How is aggression linked to increased incidents of car accidents?

Whether you have been stuck in traffic or in a hurry to get to your destination, you may have felt a sense of rage when navigating the road alongside other drivers. Surprisingly, aggressive driving is somewhat common in Texas and throughout the U.S. AAA reported that eight out of 10 motorists admitted to having experienced road rage at some point in time. Furthermore, men are more likely than women to engage in these aggressive behaviors. Although you may have engaged in this type of driving behavior, it is important to keep in mind that aggressive driving can be extremely dangerous.

In order to avoid becoming the target of an aggressive driver, it is important to be able to identify the signs of an aggressive driver. These driving behaviors may include, but are not limited to the following:

  •          Driving at excessive speeds.
  •          Swerving between lanes and vehicles.
  •          Tailgating, or driving extremely close to the car in front.
  •          Consistent honking, yelling and hand gestures.
  •          Blocking drivers and cutting them off.
  •          Running red lights and stop signs.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, people who are found driving aggressively and compromising other peoples’ safety on the road may receive a fine for up to $200 for each incident and could be sentenced to jail time depending on the extremity of the case.

If you should come into contact with an aggressive driver, avoid engaging with the upset motorist. Don’t make eye contact, honk your horn or give hand gestures. If a driver is coming up quickly behind you, calmly signal, move over and let them pass. It does not help to compete on the road in such a dangerous environment.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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