According to a 2009 study by the American Automobile Association, aggressive driving played a role in 56 percent of fatal crashes from 2003 to 2007. Specific actions that may be classified as aggressive on roads in Mississippi and around the country include following too closely, passing when it is not allowed or changing lanes either erratically or improperly. Racing and driving too fast for weather or road conditions are also considered to be aggressive driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014 speeding was the leading aggressive behavior that led to fatal car crashes involving automobile or motorcycle drivers. That year, speeding was cited in 18.8 percent of such crashes while driving under the influence came in second at 12.3 percent.
Distracted driving was cited in a further 6.7 percent of such accidents in 2014. Other common causes included failing to yield at 6.9 percent and failure to obey traffic signs or signals at 4 percent.
If a driver is operating a vehicle in a negligent manner and causes an accident, passengers in that motorist’s car or occupants of other vehicles who are injured may wish to talk with a personal injury attorney in order to determine the best way to seek compensation for their losses. The attorney can review the official accident investigation report as well as other evidence such as the testimony of eyewitnesses in order to pinpoint responsibility. If the at-fault motorist was driving a company vehicle and was working at the time, the driver’s motorist might be held financially responsible as well under the theory of vicarious liability.