Whether you’ve been a passenger or a driver, most of us have seen some form of road rage in our lives. In the United States, road rage and aggressive driving are responsible for many accidents involving accidents and injuries.
A poll conducted by American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety, showed that about 80 percent of drivers in the previous year expressed significant anger, road rage or aggressive driving.
Road rage can begin as aggressive driving, such as following another driver too closely, weaving between lanes, not signaling when changing lanes, and speeding, but can quickly develop into a very dangerous situation.
Types of Road Rage
You may not believe yourself to be an aggressive driver, however, certa
in behaviors you are taking may cause other drivers to see your actions as aggressive and act out in road rage, such as:
There are different types of behavior considered to be road rage.
Using your phone while driving
Keeping your high beams on
Switching lanes without using your turn signals
Failing to check blind spots
Running through red light
These behaviors can escalate into full-blown road rage, including:
Making gestures that are obscene or rude
Cursing at other drivers
Running a vehicle off of the road
Making threats or threatening gestures
Sideswiping a vehicle
Throwing object with the intent to cause harm
Intentionally ramming a person or vehicle
Avoiding Road Rage
Should anyone notice signs of road rage from another driver, they need to take steps to avoid making the situation escalate. This is especially true if the anger is directed at them. AAA provides some general guidelines for dealing with road rage.
Relax: It's important to not get upset when a driver shows bad behavior. If a person reacts, they could make the situation worse. It is possible that the driver is having a bad day and is not focused on driving, they may not be aware of what they are doing to other people on the road.
Avoid Being Offensive: Don't take offensive actions that may cause a driver to change speed or direction.
Don't Respond: Don't engage in any type of retaliation like making gestures or purposely making eye contact.
Staying Safe on the Road
When facing road rage there are actions a person should take to avoid problems and potential dangers.
If confronted, a person should lock their vehicle and remain inside
Call 9-1-1 and report the vehicle model, vehicle make, and license plate number.
If someone believes they are in danger, they should immediately go to a public place like a hospital, police station or fire station.
A person should remove themselves from the situation as soon as possible. This should be done even if it means going in a different direction and leaving the highway.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that involved an aggressive driving, don’t hesitate to contact Stern Law Group. Our personal injury attorneys will carefully examine all the evidence and facts in a case and work to help you receive fair compensation for your losses.
Contact our firm at (877) 661-9900 to schedule your free consultation with our firm.