Dark haired man with beard makes aggressive hand gestures while driving as a woman in the passenger's seat looks worried

What Is Aggressive Driving?

You probably know aggressive driving behaviors when you see them, but defining the term can be a little nuanced at times.

Read on to learn more about aggressive driving.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is defined as a willful behind-the-wheel action that puts other people at risk with little to no regard for safety. On the mild side, aggressive driving can simply include risky behavior. On the more serious side, aggressive driving can escalate to significant violence.

Aggressive Behaviors

The following are some driving behaviors that can qualify as aggressive:

  • Tailgating
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Passing on the shoulder
  • Speeding
  • Cutting off traffic
  • Honking
  • Yelling
  • Flashing headlights
  • Using inappropriate gestures

The following are examples of very severe aggressive driving behaviors:

  • Bumping another vehicle
  • Ramming another vehicle
  • Brandishing weapons

People Likely to Drive Aggressively

Certain people are more likely to engage in aggressive driving behaviors than others. Most aggressive driving is carried out by men aged 18 to 26. However, female aggressive drivers are increasing. To that point, there has been a standard uptick in the number of women driving on roadways at higher risk times, like rush hour and during the night.

Aggressive Driving is Illegal

It’s typical for aggressive drivers to be charged with the reckless driving statute, but if the behavior gets worse, there are several other safety citations and criminal charges that may be applicable.

While the state of Mississippi doesn’t have any explicit laws regarding aggressive driving, there are states that do. For instance, Douglas County, Colorado has enacted an ordinance that permits officers to double the fine of a traffic violation if the offense is determined to be an aggressive driving infraction.

We Can Help

If you’ve been involved in an injury-sustaining car accident due to an aggressive driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Our attorneys here at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP are highly skilled in the area of car accident personal injury law. Don’t allow negligent individuals to get away with their wrongdoing—contact us with your case right away.

Contact our attorneys at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP at (601) 265-6869 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.