Sacramento Drivers Ranked Among the Most Aggressive in the Country

sacramento aggressive driversAccording to a recent GasBuddy study, Sacramento drivers ranked third for the most aggressive in the country. Drivers in this city are more than 20 percent more aggressive than average drivers in the nation.

Aggressive driving puts everyone on the road at risk, so it is important to know how to respond to this type of behavior to avoid being seriously injured in a car accident. If you were injured in an accident that you believe involved aggressive driving, an experienced Sacramento car accident lawyer at our firm can discuss your legal rights and options with you during a free consultation.

Latest Study on Aggressive Drivers

The GasBuddy study analyzed data from the Drives feature in the GasBuddy app from Nov 2018 to Feb 2019. This data examines instances of aggressive driving, including speeding, hard braking and accelerating. California came in first as having the most aggressive drivers in the U.S. with an aggressive driving event occurring every 6.6 minutes on average.

The study revealed that drivers in Sacramento were 21 percent more aggressive than the average U.S. driver. Other California cities that made the top 10 list for aggressive drivers include Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

Aggressive Driving Behaviors

Aggressive driving is any driving action that endangers or is likely to danger the safety of others. Deliberate behaviors that put others at risk and may meet the definition of aggressive driving include:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Running red lights
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Making constant lane changes without signaling
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Cutting in front of another driver and then slowing down
  • Blocking cars that are trying to merge, pass or get in front of one’s vehicle
  • Using headlights to punish other drivers
  • Cussing
  • Honking
  • Road rage

Avoiding Aggressive Driving

Regularly commuting alongside aggressive drivers can be stressful and impact your own driving approach. You can avoid becoming an aggressive driver by giving yourself ample time to reach your destination, avoiding distractions, driving during non-peak traffic hours, and taking a break if you become frustrated.

If you encounter an aggressive driver, follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Avoid eye contact with the other driver
  • Do not respond to obscenities or hand gestures
  • Call 9-1-1 if you feel threatened
  • Maintain a safe distance from the aggressive driver
  • Do not drive home if the aggressive driver is following you
  • Drive to a police station or other public location if the aggressive driver is following you

California Law on Aggressive Driving

California has laws that criminalize certain types of aggressive driving behaviors. The following factors define whether a person is driving aggressively:

  • The driver’s speed
  • Whether the driver’s actions endangered others
  • The driver’s behaviors, such as swerving or tailgating

A person who drives aggressively in California can be charged with a criminal offense with a maximum penalty of imprisonment up to 90 days and a fine up to $1,000.

California has additional charges for extreme cases of aggressive driving. Vehicles can be classified as deadly weapons if they were used to intentionally injure someone. In these cases, the aggressive driver may be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a felony charge that can result in imprisonment for up to four years and a fine up to $10,000 (Cal Pen Code § 245 (a)(1)).

Contact a Dedicated Attorney Today

Aggressive driving accidents can result in serious injuries or death due to the high speeds or intentional conduct of the at-fault party. If you were injured in an aggressive driving accident, it is important that you contact a dedicated attorney who can explain your rights to you and fight for maximum compensation.

At The Arnold Law Firm, we can evaluate your situation and the damages that you may be able to receive compensation for, such as medical expenses, lost income or earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. We do not charge upfront fees and only get paid if you receive compensation.

Contact our office today by calling (916) 777-7777.