Angry drivers tend to take more risks and engage in dangerous driving behaviors, and road rage can lead to serious accidents. Results of a new study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada and published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention found that certain driver behaviors were among the most common complaints of other motorists.
Some of the behaviors that may anger other drivers include weaving in and out of traffic, cutting in front of other vehicles, and speeding. In some cases, other drivers may become enraged and could lead to a situation in which more than one driver engages in erratic driving.
Road rage may lead to reckless driving, creating a dangerous situation for others on the road. Types of reckless driving include tailgating, ignoring traffic signs and signals, and passing illegally.
Distracted Driving is Dangerous, Too
Distracted driving is also dangerous. Anytime a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, the chance of being in an accident increases.
Examples of distracted driving include talking or texting on a cell phone, reaching for an object, reading a map, eating or drinking, grooming, adjusting dials or mirrors, and talking to a passenger. Not only are these behaviors dangerous, but they also might be against the law.
Numerous states have enacted laws that prohibit drivers from talking and/or texting, for example. In the state of New York, you cannot use a cell phone for making calls or texting while driving.
Contacting a Long Island Accident Lawyer
Reckless or distracted drivers pose a serious risk to others who share the road, and certain behaviors may enrage others who then may feel the need to retaliate, putting themselves and other drivers at even greater risk.
When another driver’s reckless actions causes an accident, victims could file a claim for damages. To learn what your rights are, contact an accident lawyer at Gacovino, Lake & Associates at (800) 246-4878. By having your case reviewed by legal counsel, you can know what steps you should next after an accident.