Riding a motorcycle is dangerous enough in ideal driving conditions. When others decide to drive aggressively, the consequences for motorcyclists can be severe.
Aggressive driving is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
It’s a major reason why more than half of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With Florida motorcycle accidents on the rise over the past decade, aggressive driving is as severe a problem as it’s ever been.
What is Aggressive Driving?
Aggressive driving is defined as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Driving aggressively can take a wide variety of forms, and each of them pose their own individual dangers. Some of the more common examples include:
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Improper lane changing
- Improper passing
- Tailgating or driving too closely to other vehicles
- Flashing headlights excessively at oncoming traffic
How Should You Respond to an Aggressive Driver?
If you happen to find yourself riding your motorcycle near an aggressive driver, there are a number of precautions you can take to increase your safety and reduce the chance of an accident occurring.
Some useful safety recommendations include:
- Get out of the driver’s way and keep clear of them on the road.
- Stay calm and focus on reaching your destination.
- Avoid making eye contact or challenging aggressive drivers in any way.
- Avoid blocking the passing lane, especially when you are driving slower than the majority of traffic.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured Due to an Aggressive Driver?
If you follow the above recommendations, you hopefully should be able to avoid becoming the victim of others’ aggressive driving the vast majority of the time. However, there are certain situations where nothing you do may be sufficient.
If you have been injured due to the irresponsibility of another driver, it’s important that you get medical attention right away. Once your health is in safe hands, you should get in touch with an experienced law firm to help you recover financial compensation for your injuries.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk’s experienced legal team has been fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims in Florida for over 30 years. If you have been harmed due to the negligence of other drivers, we urge you to call us today at 1-800-753-5203.