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What is aggressive driving?

October 12, 2009

Road rage is a term that we’re all familiar with – but what exactly is road rage, or, as it is often called, “aggressive driving?”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”

Actions that constitute aggressive driving include:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Passing a vehicle on the right
  • Failing to obey traffic signals and road signs
  • Failing to yield to the right of way
  • Flashing your headlights
  • Intentionally blocking other vehicles
  • Unsafe lane changes

Unfortunately, aggressive driving is all too common, and aggressive drivers are responsible for a large percentage of all car accidents. There are, however, steps you can take to protect yourself from aggressive driving:

  • Allow the driver to pass you
  • Maintain the speed limit and stay calm
  • Do not retaliate or provoke the aggressive driver
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Do not make offensive gestures
  • Report the aggressive driver to the police

If you have been in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver, contact Fears | Nachawati today. Our personal injury lawyers have experience representing the victims of aggressive driving. To receive free legal advice on your potential personal injury lawsuit, email us at or call our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584


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