Aggressive Driving Causes Most Traffic Deaths

By Peter DePaolis

Long commutes for drivers and congested urban streets can lead to instances of aggressive driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines “aggressive driving” as the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.

Some examples of aggressive driving are speeding, rapid lane changing, racing, tailgating, and driving too fast for existing road conditions. Extreme cases of aggressive driving can result in “road rage,” a physical altercation between two drivers. Even more disturbing is the high number of fatal car crashes linked to aggressive driving. According to the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety, 56 percent of fatal crashes result from aggressive driving behaviors. Drivers often demonstrated more than one form of aggressive driving while behind the wheel, according to the AAA.

Given the above information, it is not difficult to figure out that a large number of traffic deaths are preventable. Impatient and inexperienced drivers are often the ones prone to aggressive driving. A vehicle is not a weapon.

Have you suffered a car accident injury due to an aggressive driver? Call our office today for a free initial consultation.

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.