According to statistics compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety during a recent four year period, 106,727 fatalities – 55.7% of the total – involved drivers who were guilty of committing one or more common aggressive driving behaviors. The most common aggressive driving action in these incidents was speeding.
Aggressive driving greatly increases the likelihood of sustaining severe injuries in a car accident, and possibly even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that more than 11,000 people are killed yearly in car crashes caused by aggressive driving. In dollar amounts, car accidents directly attributable to aggressive driving totaled close to $40 billion dollars in damages, medical costs, and legal fees.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”
Common examples of aggressive driving include behaviors such as:
- Taking out anger or frustration on other drivers.
- Frequent, unsafe, and unpredictable lane changes.
- Failing to stop at red lights.
- Disregarding stop signs and other traffic signals.
- Driving illegally on the sidewalk, shoulder, or median.
- Passing other cars in zones where passing is prohibited.
- Not signaling for turns or lane changes.
- Ignoring cues or signals from other drivers.
- Failing to yield right of way.
- Driving in a negligent or reckless manner.
- Screaming, yelling, and obscene hand gestures.