New Jersey residents who drive along the Garden State Parkway frequently encounter congestion and other frustrated drivers. Unfortunately, for some drivers, frustration over traffic-related matters gives way to aggressive driving behaviors that endanger not only their lives, but also those of the drivers and passengers with whom they share the road.
According to the National Safety Council, since the 1980s, “the number of miles driven in the U.S. has increased by 38 percent.” As a result, our national freeways and roads are more heavily traveled and frequently overcrowded. When drivers encounter these types of driving conditions, it’s normal to experience a certain level of frustration. It is not, however, normal or acceptable to disregard traffic laws and engage in dangerous and aggressive driving behaviors.
Examples of behaviors that qualify as aggressive driving include tailgating, running traffic lights or stop signs, speeding, and weaving in and out of traffic lanes. In some cases, aggressive driving can escalate or lead to full-blown road rage where a driver intentionally attempts to use a motor vehicle to harm other motorists or passengers.
Motorists who encounter aggressive drivers should exercise caution and avoid becoming involved in any type of confrontation. It’s normal to feel annoyed or angry towards a driver who is tailgating or who runs a red light. It’s not, however, wise to chase the driver down, honk at or make hand gestures towards the driver.
In 2011 alone, more than 9,900 men, women and children lost their lives on U.S. roads as a result of speeding. Individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident related to speeding or aggressive driving may choose to discuss their case with an attorney.