Summer is a great time to take that road trip. In fact, in spite of rising gas prices, a record number of Pennsylvania residents are expected to hit the road with family and friends at least once this summer.
Unfortunately, with crowds will come an increased risk of traffic accidents. In far too many of these cases, a serious or fatal accident will be caused by preventable behavior such as speeding, drunk driving and aggressive driving.
Auto accident injuries in Hazleton are often caused by aggressive driving. Speeding is a form of aggressive driving. So are following too closely, turning or changing lanes without signaling, disobeying basic traffic laws, failing to yield, and using the horn to express your displeasure rather than to signal a hazard.
Nationwide, about one-third of the 30,000 traffic deaths that occur each year are blamed on aggressive driving.
Aggressive Driving, Road Rage, Leave you Liable for Accident Damages
While most of us have been guilty of at least some form of aggressive driving at some point in time, road rage often combines one or more of these dangerous driving behaviors into a criminal offense. Road rage occurs when a driver begins to use his vehicle as a weapon, or a road incident leads to physical assault of a motorist.
As driversed.com recently reported, many forms of aggressive driving are considered so commonplace that motorists have far too little margin for error when it comes to avoiding a traffic accident. For instance, more than half of drivers consider driving 10 mph over the speed limit at rush hour to be perfectly acceptable.
When emotions boil over, road rage can result. Men's Health recently reported the case of a 24-year-old Air Force veteran who was stabbed to death in a traffic dispute after driving to his parents' house to borrow a lawnmower.
Proactive Driving Reduces Hazleton Car Accident Risks
Criminal convictions and traffic citations can be used in a civil injury case to help prove a defendant's liability. In fact, most forms of aggressive driving are easily recognizable as negligent behavior. Taking some time to get your emotions under control can go a long way toward reducing your accident and liability risks behind the wheel.
Adjust expectations for your commute. Allow yourself extra time, think before you act, be forgiving and make an effort to be less selfish behind the wheel. Focus on your own driving behaviors and what you can do to reduce your accident risks.
By doing what you can do to police your own driving behavior, you will be doing your part to keep the roads safer this summer. When another driver's poor decision-making causes an accident, he or she should also be held responsible for the resulting damages. In the event of a crash, an experienced Hazleton attorney can help. Contact the Law Offices of Edward P. McNelis today.