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Agressive Driving in the U.S.

Traffic Jams and Accidents

Aggressive Driving Aggressive driving is a major factor in U.S. traffic accidents, playing a role not just in well-publicized incidents of road rage, but in a large number of fatal highway collisions each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) defines aggressive driving as occurring when "an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." While aggressive driving is difficult to quantify, a 2009 study by the American Automobile Association attempted to identify behaviors associated with aggressive driving, based on data tracked by NHTSA’s Fatal Accident Report System (FARS). It found that aggressive driving played a role in 56 percent of fatal crashes from 2003 through 2007, with excessive speed being...

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Car Insurance Rates Going Up Because Everyone Keeps Texting and Driving

Auto Insurance Going Up

American drivers are taking their eyes off the road more than ever before — and that danger behind the wheel is now going after your wallet. When Babette Labeij of Marina del Ray, California, wanted to add her 17-year-old daughter Nikki to the family's car insurance policy, she was shocked to discover the new annual cost would skyrocket to $4709. "It's double the price. Unbelievable!" she told NBC News. How Distracted Driving is Taking a Toll on Insurance Costs1:40 Her family is one of millions of Americans hit by the rising cost of car insurance. The cause? Distracted driving. Since 2011, the average insurance premium has jumped 16 percent to $926. Insurance companies say the sharp spike is partly caused...

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