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Negligent drivers come in many forms. From a driver who is distracted while texting and driving, to a driver who is swerving in and out of lanes, a negligent driver has the potential to cause a dangerous car wreck in Virginia. Another form of negligent driving arises when a driver demonstrates angry or aggressive behavior. A new survey released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that angry and aggressive driving behavior is common.

The results of the survey reveal that almost 80 percent of drivers have admittedly exhibited anger, aggression or road rage within the last year at least once. The results were obtained by surveying 2,705 licensed drivers who had driven a minimum of once in the previous 30 days. Common examples of angry or aggressive behavior include intentionally tailgating another driver, yelling at another driver or honking a vehicle horn to demonstrate anger, as well as making an angry gesture at another driver.

Road rage is also frighteningly common, with approximately eight million drivers engaged in such behavior while driving. A number of aggressive behaviors may constitute road rage, including behavior such as ramming or bumping another vehicle intentionally.

Aggressive behavior can lead to auto accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, of those car accidents that result in deaths, approximately two-thirds of the deaths are due to aggressive driving. Almost 90 percent of drivers believe that aggressive driving threatens their safety while driving.

Unfortunately, a Virginia driver can only control his or her own behavior behind the wheel, and must be aware of potential aggressive driving by others. A driver or passenger who has been injured due to the behavior of another driver may wish to consult with an attorney to discuss potential legal options.

Source: ABC News, "Most Drivers Admit Angry, Aggressive Behavior or Road Rage," Joan Lowy, July 14, 2016

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