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AAA study indicates millions of drivers affected by road rage

As a driver on the Alabama roadways, you have the same rights and responsibilities as the other motorists around you. Even though traffic laws are designed to minimize the risk of a collision, poor driving behaviors continue to cause injuries and fatalities each year. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we often provide legal assistance to people whose lives have been affected by traffic crashes.

In its most recent Traffic Safety Culture Index report, the American Automobile Association revealed that motorists are concerned about aggressive driving behaviors. You may agree with the nine in 10 drivers who feel that their safety is at risk due to those who act on their aggressive or angry feelings while behind the wheel. However, almost 80 percent of participants also admitted to engaging in the behaviors themselves.

Based on survey results, AAA estimates that, each year, about 104 million drivers intentionally follow too closely to the vehicle in front of them. Approximately 253 million drivers honk, yell or make gestures at other motorists in anger, while an estimated 7.6 million go so far as to leave their vehicles in order to face a driver with whom they are upset. Three percent of the participants in the study admitted that they have deliberately collided with another vehicle.

The extreme emotional behaviors known as road rage may be reactions to the careless or distracted driving of others, congested traffic or personal stressors, and experts warn that you should avoid incidents that may escalate into potentially fatal situations. More information about reckless and aggressive driving is available on our web page.

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