Texas roads are more congested than ever before. Commuting to work and school has become increasingly stressful as a result. Many of us have been in situations where the driver of another vehicle intentionally drives in an unsafe manner. The driver either causes or comes close to causing a Georgetown car crash. This type of driving is known as aggressive driving and we all know what it is when we experience it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as operating a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or may endanger other people or property. This type of driving is very dangerous. According to a 2009 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it is a contributing factor in nearly 56% of fatal vehicle crashes.
In Texas, aggressive drivers may be fined up to $200 for each moving violation associated with aggressive driving. They may even face a jail sentence. The following are driving behaviors most commonly associated with aggressive driving:
- Speeding, racing or driving too fast for the road or weather conditions.
- Frequent, unnecessary lane changes which result in weaving in and out of traffic.
- Failing to signal before changing lanes or turning.
- Making improper turns such as an illegal u-turn or a left turn from a straight only lane.
- Running red lights and stop signs.
- Failing to yield the right of way to other drivers.
- Tailgating other drivers.
- Improper passing on the right, passing without enough room or passing in a no passing zone.
- Driving on the median, shoulder or sidewalk to pass another driver.
- Speeding up and slowing down to prevent another driver from changing lanes or making a turn.
Aggressive driving is a real problem on our roads today. It is also a major cause of car accidents that result in serious injuries and death. Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a crash due to the aggressive or negligent acts of another driver? Contact Austin car accident lawyer David Todd at 512-472-7799 for a free consultation. You may also wish to download a free copy of his book How to Choose a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer for additional information.