Just How Serious is Road Rage – and Have You Become Part of the Problem?
Eighty percent of drivers in the United States confess to driving while furious, aggressively, or experiencing road rage at least once in the previous year. According to a poll conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, this is the case. Another eight million drivers have participated in more serious forms of road rage, such as purposefully bumping or ramming another vehicle or exiting their vehicle to confront another motorist.
Road rage may result in severe injuries as well as civil and criminal penalties. We have experience working with clients on both sides of this issue at Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas. We strongly advise you to continue reading to discover how to prevent road rage in yourself and others. If you have been the victim of an automobile accident caused by road rage, call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tallied the data
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is involved in around two-thirds of fatal automobile accidents. When compared to women, men are three times more likely to drive aggressively or be irritated on the road. As you can see, this is a problem that is producing not only vehicle accidents but also deaths on our roads.
You have no control over the actions of others, but you do have power over your own
You have no influence over what other drivers are doing when you are driving. You, on the other hand, have control over your reaction. If you encounter someone who is furious and violent, avoid the desire to retaliate by slowing down and giving them the right of way. You will only miss a few seconds, but you may save someone’s life. If you notice someone acting recklessly, dial 9-1-1, tell the operator their license plate number, and leave the situation to the specialists.
Take a few deep breaths if you are on the edge of road rage. Do not respond by braking or turning in an attempt to force another motorist to change their speed or direction. Try to be forgiving and tolerant. Keep in mind that the other motorist could be having a bad day. It is most likely not a personal matter. Everyone has a bad day now and again. If you show some patience and forgiveness, you might be able to avoid a catastrophic accident.
Have you ever been in a car accident caused by road rage?
If you have been in a car, truck, or other sort of vehicle accident that was caused in whole or in part by road rage, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We have dealt with numerous comparable situations at Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas. We know what evidence we will need to establish your case, which expert witnesses we will need, and how to make sure you get the care you need for any injuries you may have. For a free legal consultation, call 909-982-0707 today.