Aggressive Driving Habits that Increases the Risk of Accidents

There are millions of motorists on the road each day in the U.S. Since traveling by vehicle is the number one form of transportation throughout the United States, hundreds of accidents occur throughout the country each year. Many of these accidents are the result of cell phone use while driving, fatigue, and other forms of distracted driving. However, a large number of other accidents occur as a result of aggressive driving. If you or your loved one has been involved in an accident or incident which resulted in physical injury or other damages, contact Colombo Law today for a no-risk initial consultation.

Common Aggressive Driving Habits

Speeding is a major problem throughout the state of West Virginia. Drivers commonly surpass the speed limits by more than five miles per hour, some reaching reckless driving speeds of more than 15 miles over the speed limit. An obvious problem with speeding is the dangers it causes to other individuals on the roadway. Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its 2013 data relating to accidents involving speed throughout the United States. Of the 332 traffic fatalities, nearly 40% of these fatalities were linked to speeding. Although many drivers believe they have control of the vehicle while speeding, statistics indicate that these beliefs are inaccurate.

Driving too closely behind other drivers are also a major problem within the state. Tailgating is one of the main causes of rear end collisions. Many times, individuals who tailgate cannot see what is happening beyond the vehicle in front of them. In addition,there often is not enough time to stop in an emergency circumstance. Finally, tailgating is a major contributor to incidents involving road rage. Individual perceptions of following too closely vary from person to person. Many perceive tailgating as an attempt to bully them out of the way.

When motorists are in a hurry, they often try to take matters into their own hands by illegally passing a motor vehicle in front of them. This often occurs by passing on the right hand side in a two lane road or by traveling into the next lane that is intended for vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. While it is frustrating to travel for long periods of time behind these drivers, illegal passing results in many head-on collisions and endangers hundreds of others on a yearly basis.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident or incident linked to aggressive driving you need an experienced attorney on your side. The attorneys at Colombo Law are knowledgeable lawyers who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. During an initial consultation, we will gather the facts and circumstances to determine whether you are entitled to monetary relief. We handle cases in and around Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philipi, Buckhannon, Elkins, and Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis counties. For an initial consultation, contact our office today.

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