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How to Handle an Aggressive Driver

How to Handle an Aggressive Driver

How do you handle an aggressive driver on the road? What are the things you should, and should not do? Aggressive driving is a considerable problem in the United States.

Aggressive Driving is Deadly Driving

Data from the Fatality Accident Reporting System (FARS) shows that from 2003 through 2007, aggressive driving was a factor in 56% of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Of all aggressive driving behaviors, speed was the most commonly cited.

Other forms of aggressive actions include "tailgating," erratic lane changes, passing in no-passing zones, driving on the shoulder or sidewalk, and failing to yield the right of way. Aggressive driving also includes failure to obey posted signs or traffic signals, driving too fast for conditions, and making improper turns.

In 2017, 8,856 fatal accidents involved excess speed, 2,095 involved failure to obey traffic signals and signs, erratic driving behaviors were factors in 1,187 fatal accidents, and improper turns were involved in 498. These aggressive behaviors are entirely preventable and drivers who engage in these actions are liable for the injuries and wrongful deaths they cause.

Handling Aggressive Drivers

The first thing to do is to remain calm. It is important not to attempt a direct confrontation with an aggressive driver. This is crucial, as aggressive drivers are dangerous and it is estimated that up to 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve either the use or brandishing of a firearm.

Drivers should never attempt to retaliate or escalate an aggressive driving situation. When an aggressive driver is encountered, it's best to give them a wide berth. Slow down and allow the driver to pass whenever possible. Yielding the road can reduce your risk of suffering a rear-end collision, sideswipe, or being run off the road. You should never use your horns, lights, or hand gestures to "communicate" with an aggressive driver.

If yielding fails to alleviate the danger, it's best to exit the roadway at the next possible turn. Most aggressive drivers won't follow you. However, if they do follow, it's advisable to stick to well-lit roads and to park in an area where there are plenty of people around.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

Aggressive driving is a serious problem in the United States and law enforcement agencies are keen to remove aggressive drivers from the road. In Kansas, drivers can call *47 to report aggressive driving to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Drivers can also call 911 to receive immediate assistance. Drivers should follow the directions of law enforcement and should not attempt to follow or stop the aggressive driver.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400 to speak with an attorney about your motor vehicle accident. We represent clients pursuing claims in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. We give emergency legal consultations on weekends, holidays and at night. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.