How to spot the signs of an aggressive driver

Aggressive driving behaviors is a direct hazard to drivers and others on the road.

Many drivers in Kentucky and across the nation have been involved in a situation where they are late to an important appointment or meeting and are stuck in traffic. Other motorists may have experienced anxiety after they have been cut-off by another driver or are caught behind a motorist who is driving too slow in the passing lane. In fact, the majority of Americans have experienced some type of road rage within the last year. At least 80 percent of drivers admit to having anger while behind the wheel, according to AAA. Men are also more likely to become agitated while driving.

It is common for people to get frustrated and angry when they are attempting to navigate through traffic. When this rage turns into dangerous driving behaviors, however, it can become a threat to the motorist as well as other people on the road.

Hazardous driving behavior

There are varying degrees of aggressive driving, ranging from drivers obsessively honking their horn and yelling out obscenities to actually physically harming another driver. According to AAA, aggressive driving behaviors often include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Tailgating, or driving too closely behind other vehicles.

· Constant lane changing between other vehicles.

· Blocking and cutting off other motorists.

· Racing other vehicles.

· Failing to comply with road signs, pedestrian crosswalks and traffic signals.

· Seeking a verbal or physical confrontation with other drivers.

All of these behaviors can threaten people's lives. In one situation, the driver of a pickup truck was so angry with the motorist in front of him, that he hit the corner of the vehicle and sent it flying off the road. Although the driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured, he or she could have received catastrophic injuries or even died as a result of the road rage.

What should drivers do?

If drivers come into contact with another motorist that is driving aggressively, he or she should not engage with the angry driver. Motorists should avoid making eye contact with the driver and never return obscene gestures or expletives. Let the angry driver pass, and if possible, call authorities to alert law enforcement of the dangerous driver. Drivers could potentially save the life of another person by doing so.

What if you are the victim of an accident?

People who have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by a negligent driver may want to consult with a personal injury attorney in Kentucky regarding their legal rights. You may be eligible for compensation for any property damage, medical expenses, emotional pain and lost wages from work.