Sometimes being rude isn’t just rude, it’s dangerous. Of course, I’m referring to rude drivers whose behavior results in motor vehicle accidents.
Most of the time, motor vehicle accidents are caused by simple negligence, mostly due to inattentive driving. But there are things that I see drivers doing on a daily basis that can easily result in an accident.
The most obvious is probably tailgating. When you are following the vehicle in front of you too closely, it puts you and that driver at a great risk that you will not have enough time to stop when they stop, thereby resulting in a rear-end collision. It is important to remember that you can’t always see everything that the driver ahead of you sees and that driver may need to apply his or her brakes for many possible reasons.
Maybe an animal or, worse, a child, has run out into the road. That driver is going to try to stop quickly, and if you have not left enough room between you and that driver, you are going to cause an accident. Not to mention, it is very nerve racking to look in your rear view mirror and see another driver right on your rear end. It’s rude. It’s dangerous.
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There is also the driver that refuses to let other drivers merge in front of them for no real reason, simply because they do not want to. The reason this behavior is not only rude, but can be dangerous, is because the nice driver that is trying to merge may not be expecting this rude driver to refuse to let them over. And while the nice driver certainly should be looking before they attempt to merge, they may not realize what the rude driver is attempting to do until it is too late. Whose fault is that accident? Unfortunately, probably the nice driver. But is that comfort enough after your vehicle is wrecked and you are hurt? It wasn’t technically your fault, but you could have avoided the whole situation by just being nice. So please don’t refuse to let people merge. It’s rude. It’s dangerous.
And finally, there is my personal favorite. The driver who wants to make a right turn from the left lane, or vice versa. Please, please do not stop in the middle of the street to let traffic go by so you can make your turn. Please continue down the street until you can make a u-turn and come back to the street you missed. Stopping like this is illegal (impeding the flow of traffic). While I love my job as a New Orleans accident injury lawyer, because I love helping people, I would love it even more if less people were hurt on a regular basis. So the next time you are having a bad day, please don’t be rude. It’s dangerous.