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What Makes People Drive Fast and Furious?

What Makes People Drive Fast and Furious?

What makes people drive fast and furious? What can drivers do to protect themselves when they encounter aggressive driving behaviors on the road? Aggressive drivers are a deadly threat to motorists and pedestrians, and there is no single cause behind the behavior. When drivers encounter an aggressive driver on the road, the best strategy is to give them a wide berth and report them to law enforcement.

Aggressive Driving in the United States

NHTSA data gathered from 2003 to 2007 showed that 56% of fatal accidents in the United States were caused by drivers operating their vehicles at excessive speed. That is still the most common aggressive driving behavior, and it is often linked with other behaviors, including following too closely, improper lane changes, driving on the shoulder, passing where prohibited, and failure to yield.

NHTSA data from 2018 showed that 8,596 drivers involved in fatal accidents were driving too fast for conditions or racing. This was followed by 5,175 drivers who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and 3,706 who failed to stay in their lane.

A total of 3,579 drivers involved in fatal collisions were caused by drivers who failed to yield the right of way, and 2,797 caused fatal motor vehicle accidents while carelessly operating their vehicle.

Further, 1,990 drivers involved in fatal collisions failed to obey posted traffic signs and signals, 1,955 operated their vehicle recklessly or negligently, and 1,243 were driving down the wrong side of the road. Often, these drivers engaged in multiple aggressive driving behaviors that ultimately created a deadly situation for themselves, other motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

Dealing With the Fast and the Furious

Most aggressive drivers are young males. The more miles were driven in a trip, the greater the traffic congestion, and road conditions are known factors that can increase the likelihood of a driver engaging in aggressive driving behaviors. The likelihood goes up if the individual has personality disorders or harbors aggressive tendencies and has the propensity to blame others for their actions.

Alarmingly, it is estimated that up to 80% of American drivers engage in at least one aggressive driving behavior over the course of a year. This means that everyone is a potentially aggressive driver, and thus it is crucial for all drivers to monitor their own driving behaviors. One second, one moment, is all it takes for aggressive driving to cause a fatal accident. Drivers who feel themselves becoming angry behind the wheel should pull over, take a breath, and wait to resume their journey until they have cooled off.

Drivers who encounter an aggressive driver should not attempt to engage the driver. Do not make hand gestures, honk horns, flash headlights, or otherwise try to stop the behavior. It's not even advisable to make eye contact with the individual.

In Kansas, reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Kansas, and individuals can face stiff penalties for driving aggressively. The courts have the authority to levy significant fines and can imprison individuals who are found guilty. When motorists encounter aggressive/reckless drivers on Kansas roads, they should contact law enforcement. This can be done by dialing *47 on a Kansas highway, or *582 on the Kansas Turnpike. Of course, drivers can also call 911.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Brad Pistotnik represents individuals pursuing claims against aggressive drivers in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.