There have been many traffic fatalities and thousands of injuries to motorists involved in Mission Viejo car crashes in the last few years. One of the reasons for serious wrecks is aggressive driving. In fact, aggressive driving has been known to cause hundreds of crashes throughout Orange County and thousands of wrecks throughout the nation.
Most people assume that aggressive driving refers to speeding, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Speeding may be one of the signs of an aggressive driver, but there are many other signs as well.
If you drive on the 5 freeway often, especially around Crown Valley Parkway, then you most likely encounter aggressive drivers daily. In order to protect yourself and the occupants in your vehicle, and to decrease your chances of a car crash, you need to know what signs indicate an aggressive driver and how to act appropriately on the road when sharing it with an aggressive driver.
Signs of an aggressive driver include:
- Swerving and weaving in and out of lanes erratically;
- Speeding well above posted limits;
- Quick acceleration and fast braking;
- Tailgating, or following another car too closely;
- Cutting other drivers off;
- Speeding up to block another vehicle from merging;
- Not obeying traffic laws;
- Other actions, such as gesturing, use of horn, flashing headlights, screaming etc.
When you are sharing the road with a driver of this nature, you must be prepared to react quickly and properly. Try and move out of the way, do not try and cut the individual off or teach a lesson, and do not participate in aggressive behaviors or gesture offensively. Instead, try and stay calm, take down the vehicle information, and report the aggressive driver to local authorities.
Aggressive drivers are everywhere, so it is best if you prepare yourself for them ahead of time. However, if you get involved in a Mission Viejo car crash or a wreck anywhere in Orange County because of an aggressive driver, you do not need to suffer in silence. It is best to get witnesses to testify to that driver’s aggressive driving behavior. Also, hire a skilled attorney who will have your best interests in mind when putting together your case.
Call an experienced personal injury lawyer regarding your legal rights and case today. Contact the Law Offices of John P. Burns at (877) 320-1338 for a free legal consultation today. Also, order a FREE copy of 9 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Vehicle Accident Case, available from Mission Viejo car crash attorney John Burns.