Aggressive driving typically involves a combination of moving traffic violations committed by a particular driver that endangers persons or property. Aggressive driving behavior may include:
- Excessive speeding
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Unsafe lane changes
- Running traffic lights and stop signs
- Violating other motorists’ right-of-way
NHTSA explains that not all instances of aggressive driving behavior are intentional. Drivers who are distracted or inattentive may just fail to obey traffic signals. Judgment errors while executing a turn can result in right-of-way violations and auto accidents.
As we all know, aggressive driving is often intentional, and motivated by a number of factors. Factors contributing to intentional aggressive driving, as stated by NHTSA, include:
- Traffic delays
- Drivers running late
- Disregard for the law
- Predisposition to angry confrontation
While these factors may explain aggressive driving, they do not excuse it, especially when it results in an accident leading to injury of innocent drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.