Incidents involving road rage and aggressive driving appear frequently in the news. For example, this local news article on Southern California freeways highlights some of the angry or out-of-control behaviors.
Road rage and aggressive driving more generally contribute to numerous accidents ranging from minor fender-benders to fatal crashes.
What are some of the ways that road rage increases the likelihood of a crash?
- Drivers become more focused on each other instead of keeping enough of their attention on the road.
- The overwhelming anger they feel also proves to be a distraction.
- They may act on their anger by tailgating, cutting each other off, swerving violently into different lanes, or attempting to run each other off the road. In some cases, one driver may even try to run into another.
- Their aggression may push them to ignore various traffic laws; they may wind up speeding, for instance, or disregarding red lights and stop signs.
- Drivers may improperly park and exit their vehicles to confront each other.
Tendencies towards road rage and aggressive driving need to be curbed before they develop into something out-of-control and incredibly dangerous. Drivers are responsible for finding ways to manage their anger and dial it down. Techniques for anger management and stress reduction are essential; these include deep breathing exercises and speaking aloud reminders to yourself that the rage and aggressive behaviors aren’t worth it – they can wind up costing you your life and well-being.
If you’re on the receiving end of road rage, it’s important to take steps not to let it escalate. For example, don’t respond to any rude gestures or maintain eye contact with angry drivers. Try to safely put space between them and you. If you’re feeling threatened on the road, you can contact law enforcement to report the aggressive or criminal behavior.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to avoid accidents stemming from road rage or aggressive driving. Should you suffer an accident, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your case and receive dedicated legal assistance.