If you have experienced road rage while driving, you are not alone. At least 80% of motorists across the country admit to having significant anger behind the wheel. What you may not realize, however, is the dangers that accompany angry driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 56% of fatal car accidents involved aggressive driving behaviors over a five-year period.
What are the signs of aggressive driving?
Whether rushing to get to an important meeting or stuck in traffic while trying to get home, people may experience road rage for any number of reasons. The Insurance Information Institute reports that by remaining on the lookout for signs of hazardous driving, you may be able to prevent a fatal car accident. These signs include the following:
- Passing on the shoulder or where prohibited
- Speeding or racing other vehicles
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Failing to yield to other drivers right of way
- Failing to yield to traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks
- Honking excessively, yelling or using hand gestures
Angry drivers may change lanes excessively, blocking other motorists or cutting them off. Drivers with road rage may intentionally hit other motorists or get out of their cars in an attempt to start physical altercations.
What should you do?
In some cases, you may want to compete with the angry driver, yelling back, racing or otherwise engaging in dangerous behavior. You should, however, contact law enforcement instead and let them know what is going on. Officers can handle the problem in a safe manner.
If you should feel road rage while driving, you can practice a number of relaxation techniques, such as taking deep breaths or listening to calming music.
If you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by an aggressive driver, you may want to contact an attorney who can help you get compensation for your damage and injuries.