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Aggressive Driving to Blame for Accidents on Route 7

Aggressive driving is often synonymous with irresponsible and reckless driving and it leads to serious car accidents all too often. Aggressive drivers are being blamed as the source of several recent accidents at the Alternate Route 7 ramp to I-787.

Often, the accidents will result from a driver using the left lane to speed past the cars queued in the right lane, and then trying to force their way back into the exit lane. If drivers in the right lane do not let them merge, this can back up both lanes for miles.

In an interview with the Albany Times Union, representatives of the New York Department of Transportation and the State Police acknowledged the problem with Route 7 interchange with I-787. They believe many of the rear-end collisions are caused by inattentive drivers who do not slow down in time or drivers who follow too closely. Additionally, drivers who merge to the right lane too late are causing accidents on the highway.

Due to budget restrictions, the section of Alternate Route 7 is not likely to be rebuilt or re-engineered anytime soon. However, the Department of Transportation and the State Police have identified this stretch of Alternate Route 7 as an aggressive driving enforcement corridor. With no construction expected soon, state troopers are advising drivers to approach the ramp from Alternate Route 7 to I-787 with caution.

When one car rear-ends another car, the driver of the rear vehicle is usually held legally responsible for accident. However, there are exceptions to this general rule. On occasion, the driver of the lead vehicle can be held legally responsible for the accident if he or she drives illegally. Examples include coming to an illegal stop or making an illegal lane change.

Source: Albany Times Union, "Aggressive drivers create danger near highway junction," Tim O'Brien, 1/3/2011

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