The month of February is National Aggressive Driving Awareness Month. During this time, many entities like police officers and injury law firms work to help generate more awareness about how dangerous aggressive driving is and how it compromises the safety of everyone on the road.
Here’s what you should understand about driving angrily and how to obtain legal help if you or a loved one have become the victim of road rage.
Aggressive Driving Defined
Aggressive driving, also called road rage, occurs when one driver acts aggressively towards another driver on the road, usually by using their vehicle to intimidate the other driver. They may tailgate, speed, swerve around the driver, or try to push them off the road.
Why Angry Driving Is Risky
Angry or aggressive driving is shown to be the cause of approximately 66% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, according to DriversEd.com. Additionally, firearms were involved in 37% of aggressive driving incidents, making the scenario dangerous in more than one way.
How to Respond to Aggressive Driving
If you become involved in an aggressive driving scenario, what you do next can either escalate or deescalate the situation. Here are some ways you can attempt to mitigate it:
- Allow drivers behind you to pass. If a driver is tailgating you and honking, wave at them to go around you. Pull over to the right more to make it easier for them to do so and be on their way.
- Ignore any attempt to communicate. If the other driver attempts to get your attention by honking, using gestures, or rolling down their window to speak to you, ignore them. Their goal is to get you riled up so you act out in retaliation; don’t allow them to get under your skin.
- Drive to a public area. If the aggressive driver still won’t leave you alone, go to a gas station, a hospital, or another open, staffed facility. Don’t get out of your car and wait for the other driver to leave. If you need to, call the police from inside your vehicle.
When to Reach Out to a Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney
Were you or a loved one injured in a car accident caused by road rage? You’re not alone and our office can help. Call Southside Injury Law today for assistance at (770) 703-6008 or toll free at (800) 393-8595 to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of need.