We’ve all heard of road rage. But if you have never experienced it for yourself, you really don’t know how scary it can be or the damage that it can lead to. It is estimated that road rage is responsible for about 33 percent of the accidents caused by human error. Here’s what you need to know about road rage and how to protect yourself.
What Road Rage Looks Like
Road rage isn’t just about someone getting out of their car with a baseball bat like in an episode of Shameless. Road rage can look like weaving in and out of traffic, riding the bumper of the car directly in front of the driver, or honking incessantly instead of paying attention to traffic. Road rage can take on many forms, but it is characteristically aggressive driving that does not take into consideration the safety of themselves or those around them.
How Road Rage Causes Accidents
Road rage primarily causes accidents because the driver having the road rage is not paying attention to their surroundings. These drivers are only interested in getting where they are going quickly and getting you out of their way to do it. This single mindedness can keep them from being otherwise observant, which can lead to accidents. Drivers in the midst of road rage are also often not paying attention to how close they are to other vehicles, which can cause accidents under the wrong conditions.
If you are the subject of road rage, the best thing you can do is continue driving according to all of the traffic laws and reasonable behavior. When you drive according to all of the applicable laws, you cannot be held responsible or found of any wrongdoing if an accident occurs. If an accident does happen or if you have to stop your vehicle for any reason, do not leave your car and call the police for help.
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by someone with road rage, we can help you get compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.