Aggressive driving and the danger it poses to those on OK roads

Aggressive driving and road rage are common forms of driving that can injure others. Studies have shown this type of driving is increasing across the U.S.

One of the most terrifying experiences a person can have is to be the target of a road rage incident. Unfortunately, aggressive driving and road rage may be more prevalent across the country than people might think.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as a deliberate type of driving that can cause property damage or serious injuries. Common forms of aggressive driving include speeding, tailgating, cutting others off and using obscene gestures. Road rage, on the other hand, involves taking aggressive driving a step further. At this point, an angry driver can use his or her vehicle or objects in the car to purposefully harm someone else. Road rage may also qualify as a criminal offense.

News On 6 reported on an incident that occurred last May in Muskogee, which shows how quickly a road rage occurrence can escalate. Authorities alleged that an angry driver began tailgating another vehicle, apparently upset that he was unable to pass, and eventually forcing it to the side of the road. Two teenagers in the other car were reportedly injured.

Most drivers have driven aggressively, according to studies

Recent studies by AAA have revealed that almost 80 percent of all drivers surveyed said they had driven aggressively at some point during the past year. Authorities claim that up to 56 percent of fatal car crashes involved some type of aggressive driving. Men are reportedly more likely than women to participate in aggressive driving or road rage.

Avoiding a road rage incident

Drivers might reduce their chances of being in a road rage accident by observing the following tips:

  • Not engaging an aggressive driver in returning angry gestures or shouting
  • Staying calm and patient while attempting to avoid the other driver
  • Not driving home, but going to a police station or brightly-lit parking lot instead
  • Calling 911 to request help

An incident that begins with a driver showing his or her anger can quickly escalate into a violent altercation involving the other vehicle or weapons in the vehicle. Taking precautions might de-escalate the situation, but it is not always possible to avoid a road rage conflict. If you are harmed by the aggressive or negligent actions of another driver, you may wish to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Ponca City. An attorney should be able to advise you on whether or not you are eligible for compensation, as well as guide you through the legal process.