Car Accidents Caused by Road Rage
Road Rage is one of the leading causes of Car Accidents. Aggressive driving is a primary concern for motorists and can happen through intentional dangerous driving acts.
Many people have taken road rage to a whole new level by cutting offer other vehicles on purpose, blocking other drivers, passing other vehicles at dangerous speeds, and sometimes even bumping into other drivers.
These aggressive behaviors are very likely to cause an accident because angry drivers are more apt to make a mistake when operating a motor vehicle. Road rage accidents often occur on a highway or freeway which means the damages and injuries can be very serious to everyone involved.
So What is Road Rage?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when a driver "commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle."
This type of reckless driving may involve any of the following behaviors:
- Running red lights
- Ignoring stop signs
- Failing to yield at other traffic signals
- Ignoring signals from another driver
- Failing to signal turns or lane changes
- Passing in a no passing zone
- Driving illegally on the median, sidewalk, or shoulder
- Erratic and unsafe lane changes
How to Avoid Road Rage
Unfortunately, we cannot control the way another person will drive. However, there are some things we can keep in mind to avoid becoming involved in a road rage situation.
The best way to avoid a road rage accident is to ignore the other driver's behavior and do not engage in it. Try to avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver, and pull over if necessary to prevent becoming the victim of an accident.
In some cases, it may be beneficial to call the police if you see someone driving with road rage. In some circumstances, road rage can be considered assault and could result in criminal charges against the driver.
What to do if you Were Involved in a Road Rage Accident
The dangers of impatient drivers and road rage should not get in your way of making it to your destination safely.
If you were involved in a car accident that was caused by an aggressive driver, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries and damages that you suffered.
Becoming the victim of a road rage accident can cause physical, emotional, and financial distress. You should not have to deal with everything alone.
When you are involved in a car accident that was not your fault, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to handle your case as soon as possible.
If your accident was caused because of road rage, your attorney will file a claim against the at-fault driver and prove that their reckless behavior led to the damages and injuries that you suffered.
If you were hit by an aggressive driver with road rage in the greater Atlanta area, click on the link below to speak with a professional car accident injury attorney.
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