We have all experienced road rage. It is when a person gets behind the wheel while experiencing extreme anger and taking it out on other drivers or pedestrians. Road rage is much like drunk driving in that the driver’s uncontrollable anger may impair their mental faculties the way alcohol would. It is also one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. The problem is that it is more challenging to make a claim against an angry driver than a drunk one. Breathalyzers only account for intoxication, not aggression. How would you know then if you are a victim of road rage?
How to tell if another driver is exhibiting signs of road rage
Drivers experiencing road rage are more prone to dangerous behaviors on the road. They tend to project their stress and hostility toward unsuspecting drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. When on the road, you should be wary of unreasonably aggressive drivers. Here are signs you should watch out for:
- A driver speeding or attempting to speed even in traffic
- A driver tailgating or following behind other vehicles too closely
- A driver ignoring traffic lights or road signs
- A driver changing lanes without signaling
- A driver honking their horn nonstop
- A driver shouting or making obscene hand gestures
If you feel that an aggressive driver is displacing their anger toward you, do not engage. It can be a terrifying experience when an angry driver is targeting and victimizing you. Try to maintain a safe distance behind them. Remember that they have already lost their temper, so do not lose yours.
What if the aggressive driver causes a car crash?
Immediately call the police because they may be capable of more than just property damage. You can pursue a personal injury lawsuit since the driver drove recklessly and negligently. Just because you chose to stand down while the driver was victimizing you on the road does not mean you should do the same in the courtroom.