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Holiday aggression an issue for 32 percent of drivers

There are only a few days left before Christmas Eve. This means that there are only a few days left to buy the last few presents, wrap them, purchase the groceries for the big meal and make sure the house is in order for guests. Of course, the weather in Pennsylvania at about this time never seems to want to cooperate for all the driving that will have to be done.

When a person finally gets in the car, getting stuck behind a slow driver or in a traffic jam might be the cherry on top of the building frustration. Although it may not be intentional, it is basically the perfect storm for aggressive driving and road rage. According to a recent State Farm survey, this perfect storm hits 32 percent of drivers this time of year.

We’ve likely all seen the reaction to this holiday stress. It might take the form of a driver that pulls up a little too closely, changes lanes and then speeds away. It might look like one that decides not to wait for a clear gap in traffic before pulling out. It might look like a driver that makes a last-minute turn, failing to look both ways.

According to Deputy Executive Director Jonathan Adkins of the Governors Highway Safety Association, “one of the most common forms of aggressive driving is excessive speeding.”

The road rage is where the danger lies, but the damage is caused when an aggressive driver hits another vehicle or pedestrian as a result. Although no one can prevent car accidents entirely, we hope that the readers of our Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer blog take extra care this holiday season because there are negligent drivers out there.

Source: The Washington Post, “For drivers around Christmastime, it’s not exactly tidings of comfort and joy,” Ashley Halsey III, Dec. 2, 2013

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