Aggressive Drivers Increase Car Accident Risk
Drivers come in all shapes, forms, and backgrounds as they take to the roads across the country to get wherever they need to go. Some drivers more than others are more prone to bouts of anger that come with the frustrations that arise while driving. Things such as rush hour, bad weather, and slow drivers all have a negative effect on the temperaments of many drivers and can occasionally drive them into what is called road rage. This behavior is characterized by motorists making extremely reckless and aggressive driving maneuvers that endanger other drivers.
Road Rage Car Accident Injury Claims
Many people every year suffer extremely damaging injuries as a result of car accidents caused by drivers with road rage. These accident victims can often end up in the hospital requiring extensive surgery and recuperation for injuries that will likely be with them for the rest of their lives. Those that suffer these injuries deserve compensation from the parties whose negligence caused the accident and they can get just that by filing a car accident injury claim. A plaintiff of one of these claims must be able to prove that the liable party responsible for the accident was negligent and that their negligence directly caused the accident that injured them. In the case of road rage caused accidents, that can sometimes be rather difficult to do on your own; especially when recovering from an accident injury.
Consider Sand Law as your legal representation for your claim. The lawyers of Sand Law have years of experience assisting car accident victims secure the compensation needed to pay off medical bills, make up for lost wages, and give peace of mind in such a difficult time. To contact Sand Law about setting up a consultation on your claim you can call (651) 291-7263 or contact Sand Law online.
What is Road Rage and How Does it Cause Accidents?
Road rage is defined as aggressive or angry behavior exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle. This behavior aggressive and reckless behavior often consists of maneuver’s that greatly increase the risk of a car accident occurring. Some of the most common reckless driving behaviors that road rage drivers exhibit consist of the following.
Road Rage Reckless Driving Behavior
- Cutting Off Drivers
- Swerving in and out of Lanes
- Brake Checking
- Disregard of Traffic Laws
- Flashing Brights
- Honking Horns Aggressively
Road rage is not only limited to these reckless driving behaviors. In rare cases, drivers that exhibit more extreme versions of road rage will actively try to attack other vehicles by ramming into them or inciting a confrontation. These situations are not very common but there is a possibility that they can happen when a driver is particularly unstable.
Why Does Road Rage Happen?
Every case of road rage is different since each person that experiences road rage, does so for different reasons. Some people may simply be prone to bouts of anger at the smallest bit of frustration but many people are also suffering from a number of stressful things that build up until they are set off by something while they are driving. People can be set off by other drivers when they drive slow or when they are cut off or even just music from another car that is not to their tastes. Traffic itself is one of the most common causes of road rage and frustrates many people in general.
Safety Tips For Dealing With Road Rage on the Road
Avoid Unnecessary Car Honking and Signalling
Not only is it generally considered rude to honk unnecessarily, but it also increases the chance that you may push someone to the point where they will start to exhibit road rage. Rude gestures are the same case where depending on the gesture, another driver may be driven into road rage and increase the chance of an accident occurring.
Do Not Make Eye Contact With Driver’s That May Be Angry
Looking into your mirror or putting your head out your window to look a driver you may have angered in the eye is generally a bad idea when it comes to preventing road rage.
Don’t Attempt to Retaliate
Some drivers may be cut off, brake checked, or simply be yelled at by passing drivers. It is important not to escalate the situation by trying to get revenge.
Do Not Get Out of Your Car
Getting out of your car escalates a situation where road rage can occur. When drivers get out of their car they signal to a driver that a confrontation is coming and they themselves will also be more likely to do something irrational and considered road rage.
Give Yourself Lots of Time to Make it to Your Destination
When you give yourself plenty of time to make it to your destination, you ensure that you will not make as many risky maneuvers with your vehicle. You will be significantly less likely to do something that can put someone into a state of road rage or result in your own road rage.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED ST. PAUL CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
People don’t think about how fast a car accident happens. One minute, you are driving home after work. In less than a second, everything changes. They are terrifying and frustrating to deal with. Luckily, many accidents occur with no extreme property damage or personal injury. They end up scaring drivers more than hurting them. However, do you know your legal rights when this isn’t the case?
With such statistics, it is obvious why your legal rights need to be understood. Having a car accident isn’t inevitable. However, there is an obvious possibility of it happening. If you or a loved one has suffered an accident, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Don’t let time run out. Contact the award-winning car accident lawyers at Sand Law and let us help you decide what legal options are available.
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