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Aggressive driving behaviors that lead to fatal accidents

When Pennsylvania motorists hear the term 'aggressive driving," they may picture a road rage incident. However, aggressive driving is actually a broader term that is used to describe many different types of behaviors. Aggressive drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are those who put other people and property at risk by committing multiple moving traffic violations.

Aggressive drivingwas a contributing factor in a majority of fatal automobile accidents that occurred between 2003 and 2007, according to NHTSA data that was analyzed by the American Automobile Association. The NHTSA subsequently did another study and found that speeding was the behavior that was the leading cause of fatal accidents in 2014. Almost 19 percent of fatal car and motorcycle accidents in that year involved a driver who was traveling at excessive speeds.

Besides speeding, other very common and dangerous aggressive driving behaviors are a failure to stay in the proper lane or to yield the right of way. Some aggressive drivers may try to change lanes when they are not permitted or speed through four-way stops when they should have let other drivers go ahead of them. NHTSA data from 2014 shows that 8.5 percent of fatal auto accidents involve drivers who failed to stay in the correct lane. Drivers that do not yield the right of way were involved in 6.9 percent of the fatal car accidents that year.

People injured in a car accident often need extensive medical treatment. If it can be determined that the accident was caused by the aggressive or otherwise negligent actions of another motorist, they may want to have the help of a lawyer in seeking compensation for their losses.

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