Road rage is considered aggressive or violent behavior deriving from a motorist’s uncontrolled anger at the actions of another driver. Aggressive driving is a main concern for drivers and can occur through intentional dangerous driving acts.
When drivers refuse to control their tempers on the road and become angry and impatient with other motorists, they are more likely to operate their vehicles in a reckless, careless manner. Therefore, they are more likely to commit traffic violations.
The following are common examples of reckless driving:
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Failing to signal turns or lane changes
- Driving illegally on the median, shoulder, or sidewalk
When road-raged motorists commit these careless actions or inactions, they are more likely to be involved in a car collision. Road rage accidents typically happen on a freeway or highway, meaning the damages and injuries can be quite severe for everyone involved.
Here are several tips to protect yourself against road-raged motorists:
- Drive away – If an aggressive motorist is attempting to confront you while driving, put as much distance between you and the other driver.
- Lock your doors – If you are stuck in traffic and the aggressive motorist decides to get out of the vehicle to confront you, keep your doors locked and contact the authorities if things escalate to violence.
- Avoid eye contact – If a motorist is acting angry towards you, do not make eye contact. Staring at an aggressive driver can escalate the situation and quickly make it get out of hand.
- Don’t take it personally – Even when another driver isn't polite or courteous, you should do so anyway. Do not give into anger and let your emotions get the best of you.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a road-raged driver, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against him/her. You and your attorney must show that the at-fault driver violated a traffic law or failed to drive in a reasonably safe manner. You must also show the injuries and damages you suffered from the accident.
For more information, contact the Law Office of James M. Stanley and request a free consultation with our Fort Worth car accident lawyer today.