Aggressive driving is our fifth in a series of 7 blogs encouraging Carolina drivers to make a commitment to safer driving in 2011.
Our North Carolina car accident attorneys encourage drivers to participate in safe driving resolutions for the New Year. Other related topics in the series proposing safer driving are: speeding, distracted driving, red-light running, bad weather, drowsy driving, and driving under the influence.
Our introduction to the series in a previous blog proposes “70 Rules of Defensive Driving” as outlined by RoadTrip America.
Aggressive driving behavior is touched on quite frequently throughout the list of rules. For instance, drive predictably, don’t prevent others from passing, and exercise prudent courtesy, are a few of the mentioned rules pertaining to driving aggressively on roadways. The goal is improve safety and reduce the number of accidents. In trying to maintain the 70 rules of defensive driving achieving this goal can be possible.
North Carolina is one of 14 states that have addressed aggressive driving through legislation. According to Governors Highway Safety Association the state prohibits speeding and reckless driving, which it defines as the malicious disregard of the rights or safety of other motorists when exhibiting at least two of the following behaviors: tailgating, pulling out in front of a driver who has the right of way, passing illegally or unsafely, and proceeding through red lights or stop signs without stopping.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published a study conducted from 2003-2007 on aggressive driving related crashes. Alarmingly, the study found that 106,727 (55.7%) of fatal crashes during this time period involved at least one driver committing at least one potentially-aggressive behavior.
There were 15,044 fatal crashes where two aggressive behaviors were reported. Half of reported fatal crashes were single vehicle; 42.2% involved two vehicles; and 7.8% involved three or more vehicles driving aggressively. Speeding was found to be the most likely form of aggressive driving behavior causing a fatal crash 30.7% of the time. Other studies support that young, male drivers have the greatest potential for causing aggressive driving fatalities in crashes.
The National Road Safety Foundation offer the following triggers to aggressive behaviors that drivers should refrain from doing:
-Changing lanes without checking to see if someone is slightly behind you in the next lane.
-Passing on the shoulder when traffic is at a stand-still.
-Driving distracted and not paying attention to conditions around you.
-Sitting at a right-on-red light when turning is permitted consequently holding up others who want to make a right turn.
-Driving too fast or too slow under circumstances that require the opposite.
-Serving as an obstacle so that no traffic can get around you.
-Illegally passing on a double yellow line, especially with oncoming traffic headed right at you.
Failure to drive at peace could result in a serious or even fatal North Carolina accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a North Carolina car accident, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith. For a free initial consultation call 800-887-1965.