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Archive for June, 2014

Aggressive driving causes many unnecessary accidents on the road. When sharing the road with other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, it is important to be patient and courteous in order to avoid catastrophic and deadly accidents. Recognizing who is an aggressive and dangerous driver is just one step towards protecting yourself and those you love. Realizing that you may have a road rage problem is another…   Common Behaviors of Aggressive Drivers Common behaviors of an aggressive driver or someone with road rage include, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, driving above the speed limit, running red lights and stop signs, making hand and facial gestures, honking, and screaming. This type of aggressive behavior is not good for anyone to encounter on the road. In fact, a survey done by the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index revealed that 8 out of 10 drivers expressed that they found aggressive driving to be a “serious” or “extremely serious” behavior that threatens safety on the road. Indeed it is a serious behavior, and approximately half of all traffic fatalities are a result of aggressive driving.   What to do if You Encounter an Aggressive Driver If you are confronted by an aggressive driver or someone with road rage, the National Highway and Safety Traffic Administration offer these tips on their website:  
  • First, you should make every attempt to get out of their way
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Ignore inappropriate gestures, and do not return them
  • Call 911 and report someone who is driving aggressively. Provide a description of the vehicle, license plate number, location, and the direction they are traveling.
  • If a crash occurs farther down the road, park a safe distance from the crash site and when the police arrive, report the behavior and what you witnessed to the police
  Are YOU an Aggressive Driver? While it is important to be aware of aggressive drivers, it is equally important to avoid being an aggressive driver. If you are in fact an aggressive driver, the below will sound familiar to you. Do you….  
  • Do you get angry at fast drivers?
  • Do you get angry at slow drivers?
  • Do you get angry when you are cut off?
  • Do you get angry at malfunctioning stoplights?
  • Do you get angry at traffic jams?
  • Do family members or friends tell you to calm down when you are driving?
  • Do you get angry at tailgaters?
  • Do you get angry at your passengers?
  • Do you tailgate closely behind drivers who annoy you?
  • Do you yell, scream, or curse at other drivers?
  • Do you speed up and cut people off who aggravate you?
  • Do you weave in and out of traffic erratically?
  • Do you honk or rev your engine at other drivers?
  • Do you use hand gestures or other inappropriate gestures when annoyed at other drivers?
  • Have you ever gotten out of your car to physically assault or fight with another driver?
  Being an aggressive driver is not only dangerous for yourself and your passengers, it is also a danger for others around you. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, leave early if you have to. By staying cool, calm, and collected, you allow the opportunity for yourself and others to arrive safely at their destination.   When Aggression turns to Road Rage When your anger results in a physical display of aggression, such as tailgating, cursing, or cutting people off in traffic, you may have road rage. Being angry that you caught the traffic light is markedly different from cursing, yelling, screaming, and honking at the car in front of you or drivers around you. Sadly, road rage and aggressive driving are on the incline. Since 1990, incidents of road rage have increased by 51% and are even worse in cities with major traffic congestion and long commuter times.   If you are unable to control your anger, or your anger leads to displays of aggression, such as weaving in and out of traffic or shouting obscenities at someone, then you may have road rage. Some people actually have a disorder known as “intermittent explosive disorder” that affects their road rage and their driving behaviors. They may have exaggerated feelings of rage and can quickly turn violent. Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact John R. Fuller, P.C., for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.   Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.  
Death is inevitable for us all. While no one knows the exact day or hour of their passing, in the end, it is something we will all experience. For many of us, this creates extreme anxiety that can develop into phobias about airplane crashes, tornados, or salmonella. Yet what are your odds of dying? You may be surprised!   Odds of Dying:
  • Heart Disease – 1 in 388
  • Cancer – 1 in 499
  • Unintentional injuries – 1 in 2,228
  • Diabetes – 1 in 4,009
  • Motor vehicle accident – 1 in 6,585
  • Gun shot – 1 in 8,802
  • Narcotic drugs – 1 in 34,843
  • Falling objects – 1 in 373,787
  • Electrocution – 1 in 493,153
  • Airplane crash – 1 in 659,779
  • Alcohol – 1 in 811,102
  • Lightening strike – 1 in 3,106,880
  • Dog bite – 1 in 15,966,734
  • Domestic hijacking – 1 in 16,817,784
  • Venomous snakes or spiders – 1 in 54,049,600
  What is particularly interesting is that a large portion of Americans are afraid of spiders, snakes, or airplane crashes—yet it is the simple motor vehicle accident or unintentional injury that we should fear more.   Motor Vehicle Accidents & Death In 2012, more than 33,000 people died in car crashes across the country and this was 1,000 more than the previous year (a 3.3% increase). In particular, pedestrians and motorcyclists represented the most increase in fatalities—especially in states without a universal helmet law. Deaths involving drunk drivers increased as well by 4.6%, as did deaths from distracted driving, such as talking on cellphones and texting while driving.   Tips for Avoiding Car Accident Death While you can’t prevent every accident from occurring, the steps you take before you get into a motor vehicle can have a huge impact on your safety. Consider the following tips:
  • Always keep your tires properly inflated and check to be sure there is enough tread left on your tires.
  • If you are going to be consuming alcohol or drugs, be sure you have a safe way to get home. NEVER drink and drive or drive under the influence of marijuana or other drugs.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, even in states that do not have universal helmet laws. Wearing a helmet is the single best way to prevent deadly traumatic brain injuries.
  • Always wear your seatbelt when driving or riding as a passenger in a car. Seatbelts save lives each and every day. From 2004 to 2008, more than 75,000 lives were saved by seatbelt use.
  • Keep your attention on the road at all times. Never use a cellphone to talk or text while driving—it can wait. Keep your cellphone in your glove box if you are tempted to use it while in the car.
  • Know where you are going ahead of time. Look at a map and decide the best route to take to arrive at your destination safely. Waiting until you are in the car and driving is the worst time to begin looking for directions.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, consider investing in some heavy duty riding gear to protect your eyes, face, and skin. This can prevent devastating road rash injuries from occurring.
  • Use your headlights even in the daytime. This will allow other cars to see you on the road, even in nice weather.
  • Change your wiper blades frequently. Rainstorms can come on suddenly. If you are caught in a rainstorm without good windshield wipers, you may find that your vision is impaired and reaction time slower. Be sure to replace your wiper blades on a regular basis.
  Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.