Speeding and Aggressive Driving in California

Aggressive driving behaviors are a problem in California and across the country. Although we usually think about road rage as being the typical case of ‘aggressive driving,’ a variety of unsafe practices behind the wheel can be categorized as aggressive. From speeding to tailgating, aggressive driving puts everybody on California roadways at risk.

Examples of Aggressive Driving

• Speeding
• Tailgating
• Driving in inappropriate lane
• Improper lane changing
• Failing to signal intent

Speeding is Dangerous and Expensive

Speeding isn’t just dangerous. It’s expensive. In addition to potentially expensive moving violations, fuel consumption increases steadily above 45 miles per hour, and cars and light trucks use approximately 50 percent more fuel traveling at 75 miles per hour than they do at 55 miles per hour.

Speeding Facts

• On average, 1,000 Americans are killed in speed-related crashes every month.
• Drivers involved in speed-related fatal crashes are likely to have a history of traffic violations.
• 60 percent of all speed-related fatal crashes happened at night (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
• 66 percent of all speed-related crashes involved single vehicles.
• Rural roads account for over 60 percent of all speed-related crashes.
• Of all drivers aged 15-24 years old involved in fatal crashes, 32 percent were speeding.
• Or drivers under the age of 21 involved in fatal crashes, 38 percent of the male and 24 percent of the female drivers were speeding.

After a Car Accident Involving an Aggressive Driver

After a car accident involving an aggressive driver in San Diego or along the Central Coast, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can stay on top of official investigative developments, communicate with insurance companies and make sure your rights are being protected. You need to focus on getting better and getting back to your regularly scheduled life. Whether you’re out of work recovering or still in the hospital, the sooner you speak with an attorney, the better.

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