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Watch out for aggressive drivers on the roads

On Behalf of | May 17, 2022 | Uncategorized

Dallas residents know the city’s many bustling roads and highways are often busy, with traffic jams and accidents being all too common. Unfortunately, this causes many drivers to engage in road rage or aggressive driving, putting others on the road in danger.

An accident caused by aggressive driving can result in serious injuries that require major medical attention. Accident victims also typically experience significant mental and emotional stress long after an accident. Some may even be afraid to drive again, particularly elderly drivers who were already concerned about their safety on the road.

Texas law defines aggressive driving as operating a vehicle in a way that endangers people or property. Aggressive driving is illegal, with penalties including a fine of up to $200 for each aggressive driving incident and/or up to 30 days of jail time.

Avoiding aggressive driving

Although you cannot control other drivers on the road, there are many things you can do to reduce your chance of an accident caused by aggressive driving:

  • Breathe and remain calm
  • Do not look at other drivers
  • Use your horn only when necessary

Additionally, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Unexpected delays increase the chance of aggressive driving. Do not blow your horn at every little annoyance and avoid making hand gestures or yelling when another driver frustrates or annoys you.

If another driver yells or gestures at you in anger, do not respond, but keep your eyes on the road and drive cautiously. Situations sometimes escalate and ignoring another driver may not always work. Do not be afraid to call 911 if you truly feel scared for your safety.

Holding aggressive drivers responsible

There are many other potential penalties for aggressive drivers besides a fine. If aggressive driving causes an accident, the driver could be found negligent and be required to pay damages to the accident victim. Damages may include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Several elements must be proved in court to establish negligence. Personal injury attorneys understand these elements and can provide advice on filing a personal injury claim.