There are certain issues with regards to driver safety that tend to dominate the news in cycles. For many years drunk driving received heavy coverage, and for good reason, as too many people were and continue to make this terrible mistake. More recently, distracted driving has been getting a lot of attention as the prevalence of cell phones and hand-held devices has seemed to increase the number of motorists who are not paying attention to the road as they should. This phenomenon has led to the adoption of laws around the country restricting the use of these devices.
While awareness of these driving dangers is a good thing, it should not eliminate the need to continue to pay attention to other dangerous driving activities that continue to inflict a lot of pain and loss on people all over the United States. One of those activities is aggressive driving, and it would be worthwhile to remind people of just how prevalent such conduct is and how much damage it does to people. A link to an extreme example of aggressive driving/road rage can be found here, and police are still searching for the suspect.
A study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is particularly enlightening and troublesome. A link to an overview of that work can be found here. According to that study, as many as 56 percent of fatal crashes that occur in the United States can be traced to some form of aggressive driving that took place before the accident. Speeding was seen as the most common contributing factor and it was recorded as a cause in almost one-third of fatal crashes that occurred. Other examples of aggressive driving include:
There are other examples, but as the study points out nearly 80 percent of drivers surveyed stated that they consider aggressive driving as a serious traffic safety problem.
Therefore, it’s safe to assume that people understand that driving angry is a problem and that aggressive tactics tend to invite danger. However, it’s still extremely common and something that can be seen almost every time anyone drives through Las Vegas. Many times, aggressive drivers will cause crashes that they are not even involved in directly, as their maneuvers lead to mistakes by others who are reacting to them.
If you or someone you love has been injured or worse by an aggressive driver, you need to stand up for your legal rights and hold the person responsible for the harm you suffered accountable. You should do so with the help of Las Vegas accident lawyers who have been helping clients recover the compensation they deserved for many years. Contact the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.