Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Aggressive Driving: One of the Main Causes of Vehicle Accidents in Los Angeles

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Vehicle accidents still remain to be one of the depressing problems in U.S. roadways today.  Statistics show that of the 32,367 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2011, some 21,253 of them were occupants of passenger cars and light trucks.

Moreover, the total fatalities in the State of California saw a 2.6 percent increase from 2010 to 2011. Some 2,720 were killed in 2010; whereas, a total of 2,791 individuals were killed the year after. The said figures only prove that vehicle accidents still needed to be addressed not only within the state, but also in the whole country as well.

One of the most typical reasons why these mishaps happen almost every day is due to drivers’ aggression while on the road. Basically, aggressive driving is any inappropriate behavior while behind the wheel that can cause an accident.

According to the Foundation for Traffic Safety of the American Automobile Association (AAA), around 56 percent of deadly crashes in the U.S. were caused by certain behaviors that are related to aggressive driving, which are the following:

•    Excessive speeding;
•    Disregard of traffic rules and regulations; and
•    Careless driving.

As it is, driving is a skill that requires two things: patience and safety. One should not be in a hurry to get to a certain destination. Moreover, without proper training and safety, driving could be a dangerous activity that could seriously injure a driver or other motorists using the road.

The lack of patience and safety in driving is what constitutes aggressive driving. Usually, it is linked to moods such as impatience, annoyance, and hostility towards someone or something. These would rub off on his or her driving, which could result in a serious or fatal accident.

Below are some of the driving-related actions that are considered aggressive driving:

•    Frequent changing of lanes
•    Frequently changing the speed of the vehicle
•    Failure to observe the right-of-way
•    Failure to use the car’s signal while making a turn

Meanwhile, a person who gets injured in a vehicle accident because of another person’s aggressive driving can obtain compensation from the damages he or she suffered. To determine the cost of damages and how much he or she is entitled to receive, he or she must seek the help of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.


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