Past studies have shown that North and South Carolina drivers rank near the top when it comes to aggressive driving behaviors. It isn’t uncommon for a driver who has had a bad day to take out their frustrations on other motorists. But these behaviors can often lead to car or trucking accidents in Charlotte, Greensboro or elsewhere in the state. Aggressive drivers by nature may not even have to have a bad day but rather speed or cut other vehicles off because that is what they have learned to do over time.
North Carolina Department of Crime Control & Public Safety reports that car-truck collisions are often caused by car drivers as opposed to truck drivers. Aggressive driving by car operators causes two-thirds of all collisions between cars and large trucks. Many of these collisions result in injuries or fatalities because a truck driver can’t compensate or react quickly enough to an aggressive driving act exhibited by a driver in a car.
Winston-Salem personal injury attorneys hope that as we head into the busiest travel time of the year for large trucks and holiday travelers that motorists maintain a little extra patience and keep aggressive driving behaviors in check.
WSOCTV reports that there are certain things we have learned about aggressive drivers over time. These drivers have a low level of concern for other motorists and participate in risky behaviors without regard for the consequences that may occur. Aggressive drivers run through stop signs, tailgate other motorists, weave in and out of traffic, disregard traffic signals that are changing or have turned red, travel at high rates of speed, honk or make body gestures at other motorists who irritate them.
Speeders are often classified as aggressive drivers because speed is what causes a chain reaction to many of the other unsafe aggressive acts that follow. When a motorist drives at excessive speeds, it often causes them to follow too close behind another truck or vehicle, change lanes swiftly to avoid making contact, pass on the shoulder or unpaved sections of the roadway, or get annoyed when other motorists don’t get out of their way.
Large trucks will likely be congesting roadways with package deliveries and store product the next several weeks as we work our way through the holiday season. North Carolina Department of Crime Control & Public Safety offers these tips to motorists in order to avoid an aggressive driving accident:
-Always drive safely to help save lives and reduce injuries in an accident.
-Reduce your speed on major highways and roadways. Maintain a safe speed when passing a large tractor-trailer.
-Remember to leave ample space when traveling in front or behind a large truck. Quick stops can cause serious injury in a rear or front-end collision with a big rig because they need extra time and distance to stop due to the size and weight of the vehicle.
All motorists should make every attempt to avoid an aggressive driver. Rather than retaliating, contact the local authorities and report their unsafe behavior to help protect you and other motorists from being involved in a serious or fatal accident caused by heightened emotions and dangerous acts.
The North Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A offer free and confidential appointments to car and trucking accident victims in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas. Call to discuss your case with an experienced attorney at 1-800-887-1965.
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Safe Behaviors, Among Other Things, Can Reduce Severity of Injuries Sustained in Asheville Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 22, 2011.