In Pennsylvania, the leading factors of highway crashes and fatalities are aggressive driving behaviors. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving occurs when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property.”
While we may all know someone in our inner circle who may exhibit some combative driving behaviors, it’s important to know that when the behavior escalates into an accident, people can be hurt or killed. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) In 2015, almost 10% of all fatalities in Pennsylvania involved aggressive driving, while 38% of all fatalities were related to speeding.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident as a result of another driver’s driving, contact Fellerman & Ciarimboli right away. We will fight for your rights.
Road Rage Vs. Aggressive Driving
We may say our friend has a case of road rage, but the reality is that they likely do not. Road rage is considered a criminal charge and is often the result of aggressive driving behavior that escalates into an assault with a vehicle or other weapon.
Aggressive driving, however, is a traffic offense. According to AAA, the most common aggressive driving actions include:
- Speeding in heavy traffic
- Cutting in front of another driver and then slowing down
- Running red lights
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Blocking cars attempting to pass or change lanes
- Using headlights or brakes to “punish” other drivers
The police will often categorize these behaviors that result in an accident as aggressive driving if they include two of the above actions. It is important that you know the signs of aggressive driving behaviors so you can protect yourself and your family while on the road.
Additionally, it’s critical to know when road rage is occurring. Road rage may be considered assault and battery. This can include actions like:
- Striking another vehicle on purpose
- Driving another vehicle off the road
- Threatening another driver
Depending on the severity of the crime, the way aggressive driving and road rage are penalized vary.
Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP)
As a result of aggressive driving behaviors, the PennDOT partners with state and local police departments to conduct aggressive driving enforcement. Since its launch in 2006, more than 580 roadways have been a target for additional enforcement and education.
If you encounter an aggressive driver, follow these steps.
If you come into contact with an aggressive driver while on the road, the most important thing is to remain calm. PennDOT suggests the following:
- Get out of their way
- Do not challenge the driver
- Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, and ignore rude gestures.
- Don’t block the passing lane if you are driving slower
In addition, if this behavior is clearly unsafe, call the police and allow them to handle the situation. If you are involved in an accident with an aggressive driver, once it is safe and authorities arrive, be sure to document everything. Then, call Fellerman & Ciarimboli to represent you.
Aggressive Driving Victims: Fellerman & Ciarimboli is Here For You.
The Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton car accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have spent their careers fighting for those injured in any type of auto accident. When you or a loved one is seriously injured as a result of an aggressive driver, you may have many concerns about how to move forward. We know it can be challenging and overwhelming, but do not handle this alone. At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our car accident attorneys not only have the experience, but we have the track record, too.
If you or someone you loved has been involved in a car accident in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, or anywhere in the Keystone State, don’t delay. The Scranton car accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli fight for the injured. Contact us today for a free consultation.