What Is Road Rage?
Aggressive driving, also known as road rage, is a term coined by a news station in Los Angeles after a string of shootings occurred on freeways throughout the city.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says road rage is when a motorist “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.”
Aggressive Driving Signs
Here are just a few signs that may point to an aggressive driver:
• Passing cars when it is unsafe
• Cutting other motorists off
• Failing to yield the right of way
• Failing to use turn signals when changing lanes
• Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
• Intimidating other drivers
When you encounter an aggressive driver, it is best not to engage with them. You also want to avoid using your horn because the more aggravated the driver becomes, the more dangerous the situation.
Statistics show that 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. And 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve guns. Additionally, aggressive driving accounts for two out of every three traffic fatalities.
Reasons Aggressive Driving Causes Accidents
When people drive aggressively or feel the need for speed, they can cause auto accidents in a few different ways. When a driver is going too fast, it seriously inhibits their ability to stop when it is necessary.
Also, erratic driving and failing to follow posted road signs and lights can cause accidents, including t-bone accidents in intersections. Aggressive driving and failing to yield the right of way can endanger pedestrians and cyclists, and passing illegally can lead to head-on collisions.
If you were injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, an attorney can help you recover damages by filing a personal injury claim. Possible compensation for this kind of accident can include past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, and pain and suffering.
How to Handle Road Rage and Aggressive Driving
Whether it is your fault or not that another driver is agitated, you don’t want to react or retaliate. This can cause an already dangerous situation to escalate further. Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver and practice safe driving habits while on Florida’s roadways.
Be a more considerate and aware driver while following the rules of the road. Before you honk your horn, think twice because you never know if it will set off the next driver. Remember, getting home safely is the priority.
If you are ready to discuss your recent accident with an aggressive driver, contact an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the process and win the compensation you deserve.