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What should I do if I encounter an aggressive driver?

Unfortunately, motorists sometimes encounter unsafe drivers when out on Oklahoma's roads. There are many different types of unsafe drivers. One such type is the aggressive driver.

Aggressive drivers are ones who, while driving, unleash their anger, frustration and aggression in offensive and/or dangerous ways. Some examples of the kinds of behavior aggressive drivers engage in are:

  • Yelling at or verbally threatening other drivers.
  • Making threatening gestures towards other drivers.
  • Following other cars too closely.
  • Driving at very high speeds.
  • Ignoring traffic signs and signals.
  • Changing lanes in unsafe ways.
  • Weaving between vehicles.

It can be a very scary thing to have an aggressive driver in your vicinity. After all, aggressive drivers can sometimes cause serious accidents. Thus, encountering an aggressive driver can leave a person feeling very worried and wondering what they should do. Today, we will go over some of the things the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends to motorists when it comes to dealing with aggressive drivers.

One is to avoid engaging with or challenging the aggressive driver. Thus, making eye contact with the aggressive driver, returning gestures made by them and engaging in conduct that could be interpreted as a challenge are all things that it is generally best to steer clear of.

Also, drivers should take whatever safe actions are available to them to stay out of the aggressive driver's way.

Another thing the NHTSA recommends is to contact authorities and report the aggressive driving conduct that was witnessed.

Unfortunately, sometimes even when a person does take appropriate safety precautions when they encounter an aggressive driver, they end up suffering a car accident as a result of the aggressive driver's conduct. Contacting an attorney is something that individuals who have been injured due to the behavior of an aggressive driver may want to think about. Such attorneys can help victims of such motor vehicle accidents review their legal options.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, " Aggressive Drivers," Accessed Oct. 17, 2014

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