The issue of aggressive driving

When you think of road rage, you typically think of drivers cutting each other off, yelling out their windows, and allowing it to severely impact their driving. However, there is a dangerous type of driving that is a step below full-blown road rage, and it's known simply as aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this has really turned into a serious issue.

First, it's important to examine the definition of aggressive driving that is used by the NHTSA. They define it as driving that breaks multiple traffic laws and puts other people's lives in danger--or endangers their property. It's interesting to note that the definition specifically states that a "combination of moving traffic offenses" has to be present, rather than just one act.

For example, someone who is speeding may not be an aggressive driver on those grounds alone. After all, he or she could be speeding on an empty stretch of interstate, with no other cars around. If the police catch the driver, he or she could still be given a ticket, but the person may not come across as all that dangerous or aggressive.

However, if the driver begins speeding through traffic, weaving in and out of the lanes without using blinkers, that is aggressive driving. Drivers like this are not committing road rage because they're not fighting with someone else, but they're driving recklessly and dangerously, raising the odds that there will be an accident at some point.

Aggressive drivers often prioritize their own desires above the safety of others. If you have been injured in a wreck as a result, be sure to check into your rights to compensation in Tennessee.

Source: NHTSA, "Aggressive Driving," accessed May. 15, 2015

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