Aggressive driving has a major role in traffic accidents in Louisiana and the rest of the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an aggressive driver is someone who will violate multiple moving traffic laws in order to endanger another individual or another person's property.
A study was conducted by the American Automobile Association in 2009 to pinpoint the behaviors linked to aggressive driving. Using data collected from NHTSA's Fatal Accident Report System, it discovered that aggressive driving was factor in 56 percent of the fatal vehicle crashes that occurred from 2003 to 2007. Excessive speed was identified as being the most dominant factor.
There were other actions that served as aggressive driving indicators in the vehicle crashes. Some of these included attempting to pass another vehicle where prohibited, failure to yield the right of way, unpredictable and improper changing of lanes, making an improper turn, failure to use signal lights and following too closely to a vehicle.
In 2014, speeding was identified as the primary driver-related factor in fatal accidents. According to the NHTSA, it accounted for 18.8 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in deadly crashes. Following speeding was driving under the influence at 12.3 percent and then distracted driving, which included eating and talking on the phone, at 6.7 percent. Additional contributing factors included being drowsy, falling asleep or being sick while driving and driving the wrong way on a one-way road or on the incorrect side of the road.
Collisions that are caused by a negligent driver can result in serious injuries to passengers in the driver's car or to occupants of other vehicles. Injured victims may want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for their out-of-pocket medical bills and other losses.