Excessive speed tops list of aggressive driving behaviors

New York City motorists who are interested in knowing more about factors that have been found to play a role in traffic accidents may want to consider the import of aggressive driving. According to findings released by the American Automobile Association following a study conducted in 2009, aggressive driving played an underlying role in 56 percent of all fatal accidents that occurred on our nation's roadways between 2003 and the end of 2007. Excessive speed was cited as the leading factor in the deadly incidents.

The 2009 findings were based on data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Report System. Data that was tracked by NHTSA several years later illustrates that little had changed during the intervening time period. In 2014, driving in excess of the posted speed limit or too fast for conditions was once again the leading behavior associated with fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Although drivers may be familiar with the general details connected with any number of well-publicized incidents that have involved road rage, sources suggest that aggressive driving itself can be difficult to quantify. To that end, FARS compiled a list of 14 driving behaviors that could be associated with aggressive driving as part of the 2014 analysis. Topping the list as a factor for 18.8 percent of affected motorists, speeding was followed by driving under the influence, which was cited as a factor for 12.3 percent of drivers and motorcyclists who were involved in deadly accidents.

People who have been injured in an accident that they suspect was caused by an aggressive or otherwise negligent driver may want to meet with an attorney to discuss their situation. Legal counsel could use the official accident investigation report and other evidence in order to pinpoint liability and identify the party or parties who should bear financial responsibility for the victim's losses.

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