Nearly all drivers have experienced frustration or anger when another driver cuts them off or tailgates in such a way that it causes an accident, or almost causes an accident. While it can be very tempting to act on this rage, individuals who let anger take over risk creating a dangerous situation that can cause substantial physical injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projects that aggressive driving and road rage comprise one third of all motor vehicle collisions, which is a significant risk for motor vehicle drivers. Given the prevalence of these types of accident and the serious consequences that frequently arise when these situations occur, motor vehicle drivers should understand some basic information about road rage and aggressive driving.
There are several essential safety precautions that individuals can take to reduce the chances of being involved in a road rage accident, which include the following:
- Avoid Aggravating Other Drivers.
- Motor vehicle drivers should avoid flashing their headlights at another driver, use a vehicle’s signals to indicate a lane change, avoid slowing down in the left-most lane, and do not tailgate other motor vehicles.
- Limit Aggressive Behavior.
- Pull over to the side of the road and if possible, contact law enforcement to report that road rage is occurring.
- Do not Engage Aggressive Drivers.
- Avoid eye contact with the aggressive driver, and find the urge to not retaliate back.
- Move your Vehicle Away From the Driver Expressing Road Rage.
- Move away from the vehicle as safely and quickly as possible.
- Prevent Experiencing Road Rage or Aggression.
- Make sure to avoid all distractions as possible; receive an adequate amount of sleep, and turning down music while driving.
If you or someone you know has been hurt because of a road rage collision please feel free to contact us for a free consultation today, call (706) 389-4375 or contact us online for legal assistance.