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The Dangers of Aggressive Driving

Published on Dec 19, 2017 at 5:57 pm in Car Accidents.

Aggressive drivers engage in reckless driving behaviors that makes them unsafe to be on the road. They’re risking their lives as well as others around them. One of the most common forms of aggressive driving is speeding or otherwise driving recklessly.

When you experience a car accident, it can be jarring and leave you confused about what you’re supposed to do next. You might have injuries that need to heal, a car that you need to get fixed, and you might not be in a condition to work. The thought of dealing with a car accident claim and insurance companies is the last thing you want to deal with.

The car accident lawyers at Urban & Taylor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin want to help you get the compensation you deserve. We’ll hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.

How Does Speeding Endanger Others?

Speed limits are set for a reason. Going above them increases your chance of getting into a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains how speeding affects you and others. The following points are true:

  • When you speed, it becomes easier to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Stops require more distance and time when you speed.
  • Crashes are more severe at high speeds, which means any injuries will be more severe.

With all the threats that speeding poses, it seems odd that it’s a regular occurrence. People don’t consider or realize that they have less control and less time to make a quick decision on the road.

Why Do People Speed?

When someone is driving aggressively, they’re making a poor decision, but this doesn’t mean they’re an aggressive person. There are many common reasons that will make people think it’s okay to risk speeding.

  • Many people on the road can frustrate some drivers. They might be tempted to weave through the gaps to try and get ahead of the traffic. High speeds and a congested road are a dangerous combination that could lead to accidents.
  • When a driver is in their car, they might feel detached from the other drivers on the road because they’re not directly interacting with them. Because the other drivers don’t know them, it’s easier to make the decision to speed.
  • Behind Schedule. We’ve all been in a situation where we’re running late for something important, and need to get there as fast as possible. When someone is focused on getting to their destination on time, the last thing they’re thinking of is practicing safe driving behaviors.

When driving, give yourself time to get there and check traffic reports to see if you should take any alternative routes. Try and remember that a human being is in every car around you, and we’re all trying to get somewhere safely.

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