Pennsylvania police have initiated a statewide campaign to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities cause by aggressive driving. The state hopes to combat aggressive driving head-on by increasing patrols and ticketing aggressive drivers to deter them from driving dangerously.
Driving behaviors that commonly represent aggressive driving include:
- Running red lights
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to signal
- Cutting off other drivers
Pennsylvania’s campaign is a direct response to the 6,300 crashes and 168 fatalities that were caused by aggressive driving in 2011. Forty-two of the fatalities occurred in Philadelphia. The remaining car accident deaths reported occurred in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County and Delaware County.
In 2007, Pennsylvania reported 183 fatalities across the state. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stated that Pennsylvania’s crash and fatality rates have not changed much in the last five years. The new campaign hopes to get the number of fatalities closer to zero; but it is too early to tell whether or not the aggressive driving campaign is working.
Car accidents caused by aggressive drivers can cause serious injuries and sometimes death. If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle accident, you may need compensation for losses such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, long-term care and medical equipment. An attorney can provide further guidance about recovery for potential car accident claims.
Source: philly.com, “Special effort targets aggressive drivers in Pa.,” Bonnie L. Cook, July 19, 2012.
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