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How does aggressive driving lead to car accidents?

Indiana drivers, despite obeying traffic laws and driving cautiously, are often at the mercy of other drivers on the road. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers and aggressive drivers can all lead to innocent Indiana drivers finding themselves involved in serious car accidents. Significantly, aggressive driving is a factor in almost one-third of car accidents and approximately two-thirds of deaths that stem from such incidents.

An aggressive driver is one who is behaving recklessly while driving. For example, an aggressive driver may tailgate, run red lights or speed. A driver who disregards the safety of others by changing lanes without signaling, weaving in and out of traffic, or cuts in front of another driver only to slow down, may contribute to a car collision. Aggressive driving may also entail a driver who blocks cars that are attempting to change lanes.

Aggressive drivers who target specific drivers may be exhibiting road rage. This dangerous behavior has the possibility to not only create major auto accidents, but also to rise to a personally violent level. Forcing another driver off the road, sideswiping or ramming another vehicle are all extreme forms of aggressive driving that may be considered road rage. A driver who curses at another driver, uses obscene gestures or throws an object from his or her vehicle to target another driver may not only be demonstrating road rage, but may also contribute to a dangerous accident.

An aggressive driver who has caused a car accident may face liability for his or her actions. If you have been the victim of an accident involving an aggressive driver, you may wish to consider seeking legal counsel.

Source:, "Aggressive Driving," accessed Feb. 26, 2016

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