Texas Weighs In
The State of Texas shares that aggressive drivers can be fined up to $200 and can even spend time in jail for every conviction of a moving violation caused by aggression. Texas also weighs in on how not to slip into aggressive driving:
Focus on Your Own Driving - When you are behind the wheel of your car, it is time to focus on driving safely, which includes keeping your emotions in check and not taking the frustrations of driving out on other drivers.
Plan Ahead - By planning your route and building in time for inevitable delays caused by traffic and accidents on the road, you are less likely to react to the frustrations of driving with aggression. (Also plan ahead with the supplies and safety provisions you have in your vehicle.)
Remain Focused on Your Own Driving - The surest way to stay safe when you are behind the wheel is to make driving safely your top priority. You have no ability to alter the actions of other drivers, and ranting and raving are very unlikely to alter anything.
Avoid Provoking Other Drivers
Because your actions can provoke other drivers (who may be prone to aggressive driving in the first place), the State of Texas has advice regarding how to help keep things civil on our roadways:
- Give the driver in front of you the space he or she needs by refraining from tailgating.
- Do not flash your lights at other drivers (unless you are warning them of a legitimate danger ahead).
- If you are traveling in the left lane and see that another driver would like to pass, move to the right and allow him or her to proceed.
Antagonizing other drivers is always a terrible idea and can lead to dangerous, aggressive driving.
When You Encounter Aggressive Drivers
We all know the signs of aggressive driving when we see them, and Texas shares several tips for de-escalating these situations:
- Allow aggressive drivers all the room you can afford; crowding an aggressive driver can heighten the tension. (Always Follow at a Safe Distance)
- Do not make eye contact with aggressive drivers who may interpret the act as a form of confrontation.
- Refrain from responding to the taunts of an aggressive driver.
- If you think a driver’s aggression is endangering you or other people on the road, call 911.
If an Aggressive Driver Has Left You Injured, You Need an Experienced Central Texas Personal Injury Lawyer
Aggressive drivers endanger everyone with whom they share the road. If you have been injured by another driver’s aggression, the dedicated legal team at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas is here to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have the skill, commitment, and compassion to help guide your claim toward the compensation to which you are entitled. For more information, please contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.