Aggressive driving is a considerable problem and a common factor in automobile accidents. In 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) showed that 80% of motorists are concerned about the risks aggressive drivers pose to motorists. The same study projected that each year, over 104 million motorists act aggressively behind the wheel doing everything from tailgating and honking to bumping or ramming into other vehicles. Concerns about aggressive driving are validated by statistics gathered by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2014 which show aggressive driving is a factor in causing 66% all traffic related fatalities. The NHTSA report also showed that nearly 12,000 preventable injuries occurred because of road rage and aggressive driving behaviors.
Aggressive driving manifests itself in many forms. According to the NHTSA report, 8,778 accidents were caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions or at an excessive speed. Nationwide, nearly 19% of all accident reports cite excessive speed as a contributing cause of a fatal accident. The report also showed that erratic, reckless, or negligent fashion caused 1,755 accidents. These behaviors include swerving, making illegal lane changes, failing to obey traffic signs, and failure to yield the right of way.
Common forms of aggressive driving also include following too closely (tailgating,) improper lane changes including swerving and failing to signal, and driving on road shoulders, sidewalks, or medians. Racing, failing to yield, and passing where prohibited by posted signs or painted lines are other commonly cited aggressive driving behaviors.
Physical violence is also common in aggressive driving situations. Nationwide, data collected by the AAAFTS shows that firearms are involved in 37% of aggressive driving incidents. In light of this, it is shocking, but not surprising, that the same study showed over a 7 year period that 218 murders resulted from road rage incidents. Since 2014, the number of road rage incidents involving the brandishing of a firearm have more than doubled from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016.
There are many factors that can cause a motorist's temper to go over the edge and lead them to take an aggressive posture while driving. According to AAA, 49% of aggressive drivers cite distracted driving, 44% cite being "cut off," and 39% cite other aggressive drivers as the reasons they became aggressive. 34% of aggressive drivers cite being late, 24% cite heavy traffic, and 16% state that "having a bad day" were the reasons they raged in the machine they were driving at the time of they had an accident or cited by law enforcement for driving aggressively. It's a deadly cycle and it's estimated that nearly 50% of drivers who are subjected to an aggressive driving behavior will respond in kind to the actions of the aggressor.
If you have been attacked by an aggressive driver in Kansas City, Topeka, Abilene, Colby, or any other city in Kansas, you have the right to pursue compensation for the personal injuries, medical expenses, property damage, and impact on your life and lifestyle. In Kansas, individuals may file claims for property damage up to two years following the incident. Brad Pistotnik can assist you in compiling your medical and financial records, gathering testimony, and presenting your personal injury and property damage claims to the court.
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