How do you deal with an aggressive driving on the road? Is there anything you can do to protect yourself and other motorists? The answer to these questions is that there are things motorists can do to protect themselves, report these drivers, and stop aggressive drivers in their tracks.
Aggressive driving is a growing problem and AAA estimates that up to 80% of drivers engage in at least one aggressive driving behavior in the course of a year. Aggressive driving behaviors include speeding too fast for conditions such as weather and traffic, tailgating, "brake checking," engaging in erratic driving behaviors, excessive honking, bumping, cutting vehicles off, passing in no passing zones, ignoring signals and signage, and failure to yield the right of way. These behaviors are illegal and place other motorists and pedestrians at serious risk of injury or wrongful death. In addition to civil penalties, aggressive drivers may also face criminal charges of assault and battery.
Motorists who encounter an aggressive driver should take proactive steps to protect themselves and their passengers from injury or harm. Drivers should avoid making eye contact with the aggressor and take measures to disengage the driver by either slowing down and letting them pass, turning and changing their direction of travel, or pulling into well lit and populated parking lots without parking or exiting their vehicle.
Drivers should also contact emergency services immediately by dialing 911. This will immediately connect motorists to law enforcement who can dispatch cruisers to their vicinity. When contacting law enforcement it is important to provide critical details to the dispatcher. Information including the vehicle's license plate, vehicle make, model, and color, as well as a description of the driver and their aggressive actions is invaluable to law enforcement. It is also important to identify the location of the incident and the direction of travel. Finally, drivers should provide an overview of the incident, their personal contact information, and any other relevant information the dispatcher requests.
Aggressive drivers are becoming increasingly violent. Over the past 3 years, the number of aggressive driving incidents involving firearms have tripled. In 2016, there were 620 instances of firearms being either brandished or utilized in a road rage incident. Over the past three years, guns were involved in 1,319 road rage incidents that caused 354 injuries and 136 fatalities. While Kansas does have a "stand your ground law" with no duty to retreat, drivers should never attempt to confront an aggressive driver unless there are no other options available. Whenever possible, motorists should contact law enforcement and follow their instructions to rendezvous with a patrol officer.
In Kansas, aggressive drivers can be held liable for the accidents and injuries they cause. Brad Pistotnik Law represents motorists and their passengers who have been injured in aggressive driving incidents. Whether the accident occurred in Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, Garden City, Liberal, Scott City, Ness City, Olathe, Overland Park, Goodland, Salina, or Dodge City, our office helps clients pursue the compensation they need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, loss of income, etc. Individuals may also pursue punitive damages for the willful, wanton and malicious actions of an aggressive driver.
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