Signs of Road Rage to Watch For on the Road
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Merrida Coxwell with Coxwell & Associates.
Road rage is a serious threat to driver and passenger safety; when a driver loses control of their temper, they are more likely to drive recklessly or with unnecessary aggression, increasing the chances of a serious accident. Road rage cases are unique, in that they may involve criminal charges on top of the civil charges they may face for causing an accident. Due to the unique nature and general complexity of road rage accident cases, it’s important to seek out a car accident attorney with specific experience handling this type of case. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused or contributed by a driver who might have been exhibiting road rage, contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options for physical and financial recovery.
Signs that a driver may be indulging in road rage include:
- Excessive speeding
- Threatening or aggressive hand gestures
- Merging quickly between lanes, often without signaling
- Flashing headlights
- Shouting threats or profanity
- Braking suddenly
- Accelerating suddenly
- Cutting off other vehicles
- Show of weapons
Road rage is extremely dangerous for everyone involved, and it can escalate quickly.
If you are sharing the road with a driver you believe is under the influence of road rage, there are a few steps you can take to try to protect yourself and your passengers. It’s a good idea to refrain from engaging with the angry driver in any way that may inflame the situation. Avoiding eye contact and making careful attempts to move your vehicle out of their way if safe to do so can also help distance you from the road rager. If you feel that the driver is exhibiting severely unsafe behavior, call 911 to report it. If a road rager is harassing you or wants you to pull over and exit your vehicle, do not do so. If the driver begins to follow you, consider driving toward the closest police station while calling for help.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused or contributed by someone else’s road rage, you may be eligible to file a claim.
Whenever another party’s negligent or intentional actions result in harm to another person, the injured party may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims can help cover damages including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Road rage accidents and injuries can be particularly traumatic, and there are often multiple agencies involved in the litigation, so it’s important to contact an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your situation. These attorneys generally offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means a client will not have to pay for their services unless they win their case. This allows car accident and injury victims to focus on healing and recovery instead of worrying about the many demands of a personal injury claim.
To learn more about the dangers of road rage, or for help filing a claim, reach out to a car accident attorney sooner rather than later.