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When aggressive driving leads to road rage

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Aggressive driving refers to a combination of moving traffic offenses that put other people or property at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines it as such. When aggressive driving takes on a more extreme form and endangers other drivers, it is then referred to as road rage.

Currently, road rage is responsible for 66% of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the US, and 37% of drivers carry firearms in their cars. According to the NHTSA, violent drivers use those weapons to murder at least 30 people every year.

Staying safe from aggressive drivers

The best thing that you can do if an aggressive driver is pursuing you is to pull over to the side of the road and let them pass you at the first hint of difficulty. Driving off the highway and toward a police station can also help defuse the situation if they continue to follow you.

If an aggressive motorist gets out of their car and approaches you, do not engage with them. Keep the windows up and the doors secured. After that, dial 9-1-1 to get help.

Likewise, if you encounter an aggressive driver who is displaying road rage, it is best to keep your distance. Do not engage with them or respond to their outbursts. Instead, focus on your surroundings and remain alert.

If an aggressive driver causes an accident, try to remain calm. Once you have checked yourself for injuries, take a moment to survey the scene. Carefully exit your vehicle if possible and check on anyone else who may have been injured in the crash. Dial 911 and provide the dispatcher with all the necessary information. When help arrives, allow the paramedics to evaluate your injuries and transport you to the hospital if required. Once you have recovered, consider seeking assistance to help you pursue compensation for any medical expenses and lost income.