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5 factors that contribute to aggressive driving

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Aggressive driving is one of the leading causes of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is operating a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers other road users. But why would a driver do this?

Here are five factors that can contribute to this conduct:

1. Drunkenness

A drunk driver can have a false sense of invincibility, making them overconfident to engage in risky behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, changing lanes unsafely, failing to give the right of way and suddenly stopping, among others. Such a driver may hit you if you are around them.

2. Running late

Someone running late may fail to observe traffic rules like speed limits or stop signs. Since they want to arrive at their destination as soon as possible, they may engage in aggressive behaviors.

3. Background

Some people drive aggressively because that is how they were taught. Teenagers who learn how to drive from loved ones who engage in aggressive behaviors are at a high chance of doing so. 

The media can also provide a misguided background for drivers. Children who watch movies and films with unrealistic driving behaviors may exhibit them once they start driving.

4. Negligence

Another reason that would make someone drive aggressively is negligence. Some drivers have no regard for other road users or the law. Such a driver may not fulfill their duty of keeping you safe.

5. Psychological factors

The people you meet on the road are going through different things in life – some are angry, hurt, anxious or upset. A driver with a psychological challenge is likely to engage in aggressive behavior.

Drivers should be careful on the road to avoid accidents. If you are injured by an aggressive driver, you should consider your options to receive the compensation you deserve.