Why does everyone else drive so dangerously?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you have a near-miss incident where someone else almost causes an accident, but you’re able to avoid the crash, you’ll probably find yourself feeling very frustrated and frightened. You’ll also be confused. Why does it so often feel like other drivers are willing to act so dangerously on the road?

This is a common sentiment, so you’re certainly not alone in feeling like everyone else on the road is putting you at risk on a daily basis. Understanding how and why they do this may help you to be able to avoid accidents, so let’s look at some of the reasons.

They don’t know they’re making a mistake

First off, some of these dangerous drivers don’t even know how dangerous they are. A common example of this is tailgating. You may think that the person behind you is driving right on your back bumper because they are angry with you or they’re desperately trying to get around. But it could be that that person just doesn’t understand the three-second rule and doesn’t know how far back they need to stay. They don’t know that they’re putting you in danger, but they still are.

They think they’re invincible

This is a problem with young drivers in particular. There’s often a sense of invincibility that will lead people to do things that are risky and pointless. Drag racing on the highway is one example. There’s no benefit to doing this and it’s an extremely dangerous activity, but a lot of people just assume that they won’t crash and they do it for the thrill. But they certainly can crash, and you could be severely injured when they do.

They’re in a hurry

One of the biggest issues on the road is that everyone is simply always in a hurry. Someone may have left themselves just the exact amount of minutes they need to get to work. If traffic slows down ahead of them, now they’re suddenly going to be late, and they blame everyone else. This can lead to aggressive driving and even road rage. And it all starts with the fact that they just needed to leave themselves a little more time to get there.

You do have to share the road with these dangerous drivers, and there’s nothing you can do to fully avoid the risks. If you do get injured in a car accident, then you may need to know how to seek financial compensation from the driver who caused it.

 

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