A Salt Lake City woman hit the median on 1-80 near State Street Sunday morning while trying to avoid another driver who was coming into her lane. The driver that caused the accident did not stop after running the car off the road, but witnesses were able to get the plate number of the vehicle to give to police. Witnesses of the accident said the driver was weaving in and out of traffic, forcing other motorists out of the way. Authorities described the accident as another case of reckless driving as a result of road rage.

So, what constitutes an aggressive driver? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that an aggressive driver is “an individual [who] commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”

Aggressive drivers often get frustrated with other motorists. They may choose to honk their horns excessively, weave in and out, cut other motorists off, or make obscene gestures. Their driving may be erratic. They often make frequent lane changes, run red lights, and drive too fast.

Unfortunately, everyone has the potential to become an aggressive driver, but there are a few things that can help you avoid it.

Drive within the speed limit

Speeding causes many accidents, and in many cases, they prove fatal.

Identify alternate routes

Research indicates that being caught in a traffic jam leads to frustration. Check traffic conditions before you leave and choose your route accordingly.

Use public transportation

You won’t have to worry about other drivers and traffic this way.

Give yourself extra time

If possible, leave earlier than planned to avoid the inevitable traffic issues.

Be late if you have to

Appointments are not worth risking your life or the lives of others.

When you come across an aggressive driver, it is best to move out of the way, and put your pride aside. Sometimes drivers will honk or make obscene gestures at you, but it is always best to ignore the behavior. It’s important to not taunt the aggressor further, which could put other drivers, including yourself, in danger. Always report serious aggressive driving. Police take this offense very seriously, but they cannot witness everything. Your report could prevent an accident.

If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of reckless driving or road rage, we are here to help. We at Christensen & Hymas specialize in personal injuries caused from reckless driving. Please call us at (801)506-0800.

Image “Animals with road rage” courtesy of: Meme Binge