The Dangers of Road RageJuly 25, 2018
If you are stuck in traffic, or the person in front of you is driving too slowly, it can be extremely frustrating, particularly if you are running late. Too often, people let their emotions take over and resort to honking their horn, tailgating, or sending rude gestures to the other driver. When aggressive driving turns to road rage, this can become extremely dangerous very quickly. While you cannot control how other people drive, you can control how you respond to a frustrating situation by making safety a top priority when you are behind the wheel.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), road rage occurs when a driver commits moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property. Whereas aggressive driving behavior like speeding, weaving through traffic, and running red lights is a traffic offense, road rage is considered a criminal offense.
Alarming Statistics Involving Road Rage
The NHTSA released the following statistics on how road rage and other aggressive driving behaviors have caused serious traffic incidents in recent years:
- Aggressive driving caused 66 percent of traffic fatalities
- Firearms were involved in 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents
- Teenage male drivers are most likely to exhibit road rage
- Approximately 50 percent of drivers who are the victims of road rage admit to reacting in an aggressive manner
- Road rage was responsible for 218 fatalities and 12,610 injuries over a seven-year period
Road rage is characterized by a range of behaviors that can cause harm to other drivers. If you speed, tailgate, honk the horn at other drivers, or use offensive, obscene gestures on a regular basis, you may be prone to road rage. If you do not engage in this type of behavior, but you drive while distracted, switch lanes without signaling, or cut off other drivers, you may cause other drivers to become frustrated and angry, resorting to road rage.
The best thing to do if you have become the target of road rage is to remain calm and not react to the other driver. Engaging with this type of person will only make the situation worse, and potentially dangerous. Do not make eye contact with the other driver and allow that person to pass you while maintaining your composure. If the other driver continues to threaten you or makes you feel unsafe, call 911 and try to put as much distance between you and the aggressive driver.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Victims of Road Rage
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver who was exhibiting signs of road rage, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will hold the negligent party responsible for their dangerous driving behavior and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Protecting your rights is our top priority and we will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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