A study by the AAA Foundation suggests that more than half of all car accidents are caused by some form of aggressive driving behavior.
The Chicago car accident attorneys and the Chicago injury lawyers at Abels & Annes encourage drivers to take stock of their own driving behavior — the study also noted that a significant number of drivers see aggressive driving as a danger despite being prone to such behaviors themselves.
As many as 56 percent of deadly crashes involve some form of aggressive-driving behavior; speeding is the most common contributing factor and is associated with one-third of all deadly accidents.
A nationwide telephone survey found 8 in 10 people rated aggressive driving as a serious or extremely serious savety threat. Yet nearly half of drivers reported exceeding the speed limit by at least 15 mph in the last 30 days.
“It’s easy to think ‘that other guy is the problem’ – the one who runs someone off the road, tailgates, or yells obscenities,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “In reality, examples of driving aggressively – any of which can lead to crashes, injuries and deaths – are all too common.”
Examples of aggressive driving include running stop signs or red lights, preventing other drivers from passing, speeding, illegal driving on the shoulder, and failing to yield.
The study and its findings are meant to educate motorists about the different forms of aggressive driving with the hope of improving driver safety and reducing deadly accidents.
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