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Aggressive driving is a factor in many fatal crashes

Oklahoma motorists might not be surprised that aggressive driving is a significant problem. In 2009, the American Automobile Association analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found that such behavior was a factor in more than 50 percent of fatal accidents between 2003 and 2007.

The definition of aggressive driving, according to the NHTSA, is an individual committing a mixture of traffic offenses that endanger property or others on the road. Some of the indicators of aggressive driving that the AAA considered as contributing factors were not yielding to right-of-way traffic, ignoring traffic signs and signals, and making improper lane changes. However, excessive speed was the top factor.

NHTSA data from 2014 shows that excessive speed was involved in 18.8 percent of all fatal car accidents. Impaired driving accounted for 12.3 percent, and not staying in the proper lane or running off the road accounted for 8.5 percent. Driving while distracted was a contributing factor in 6.7 percent of deadly crashes.

Some other driving behaviors that contributed to fatal crashes in 2014 were careless or reckless operation of a vehicle, overcorrecting or oversteering, and drowsy driving. Making an improper turn contributed to the least number of fatal accidents at just 1.7 percent. Driving on the wrong side of the road happened in 2 percent of the crashes, and obscured vision accounted for 2.8 percent.

When the carelessness or recklessness of a driver is the cause of a car accident that injures others, the driver may be held financially responsible. People who have been injured in these types of collisions may want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for their losses.

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