Driving Safely around Aggressive Drivers
Georgia's aggressive driving law identifies aggressive driving as, operating “any motor vehicle with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person." Even though aggressive driving is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and comes with a six point assessment against a driver's license, thousands of drivers continue to engage in these risky behaviors.
Recognize Aggressive Driver Behavior
The unfortunate truth is that even experienced drivers who obey all traffic laws can become victims of aggressive drivers. In many cases, there's nothing a driver can do to avoid a collision with one of these negligent drivers. However, by learning these warning signs of an aggressive driver, you may be able to reduce your risk of being involved in a crash.
- Abruptly switching lanes
- Pacing adjacent vehicles
- Speeding up close behind a vehicle and stopping short
- Attempting to swerve into adjacent lanes to intimidate nearby cars
- Actions that suggest the driver is going to strike your vehicle
If you notice a car behaving strangely, move over to a far lane when possible and allow that person to pass. Drop back to allow the driver to clear your area as well. Do not try to block the driver or prevent him from maneuvering his vehicle; this can make the situation worse. Always keep your own vehicle under control and do not allow anything to distract you from concentrating on your own safety.
You can help crack down on aggressive and impaired drivers by pulling over in a safe area and dialing *477 on your cell phone. This hotline allows drivers to report dangerous drivers in the Atlanta area. Try to remember the license plate number, make, model and color of the vehicle, as well as the location and direction of travel of the vehicle.
If a Collision Was Unavoidable, Jason Schultz Can Help
Accidents with aggressive drivers are not always avoidable, even by seasoned drivers. If an aggressive driver caused a serious accident, talk to Jason R. Schultz about filing a claim against that party. Dial 404-474-0804 to contact our office today.
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