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What Can You Do To Avoid Kansas City Aggressive Driving Crashes?

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, aggressive driving is a factor in one-third of all accidents and two-thirds of fatal accidents.  In Missouri, aggressive driving contributes to thousands of highway accidents each year.
While the Missouri State Highway Patrol doesn't have a specific statute for defining aggressive driving, The NHTSA defines aggressive driving as "an individual committing a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property".  
Aggressive driving behaviors include:
  • Speeding
  • Running red lights
  • Failing to stop at stop signs, lights and other traffic signals
  • Improper passing
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off another driver
  • Failing to yield
  • Flashing lights
  • Aggressive or rude gestures
How can I avoid Kansas City aggressive driving accidents?
Try to maintain good manners while driving.  Follow traffic laws and avoid tailgating, cutting people off, and weaving round other drivers. This behavior can set escalate an aggressive driving situation to a road rage incident. Avoid behavior that seems threatening.

Watch for drivers who are behaving aggressively. If you feel that your safety is being compromised by an aggressive driver, try to stay calm and continue to follow traffic laws.  Don't escalate the situation by speeding up or refusing to yield. Try to keep your distance or get out the driver's way.  Change lanes if it is safe or pull into a crowded parking lot.  Avoid eye contact, rude gestures, or any behavior that might be seen as threatening.  
You can report aggressive drivers to the Missouri Highway Patrol.   Provide a vehicle description, its location, license plate number and direction of travel.  If the aggressive driver causes a Missouri highway crash, stop a safe distance from the crash scene.  When police arrive, report the aggressive driving behavior that you witnessed.
If you are involved in an aggressive driving crash, stay in your vehicle with the doors locked until the police arrive.  
If you have been injured in a Missouri aggressive driving accident, call the Kansas City auto accident attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys. Our attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and help you get the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries, pain, property damage and other losses.
Learn more about protecting your injury claim, contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616 and download our free guide: "10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim."
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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