Learn How to Protect Yourself from Aggressive Drivers on the Road
Aggressive drivers cause accidents across the country every day. One of the worst things about dealing with these drivers is the fact that it can feel as though you have no control over them and that there is nothing you can do to protect yourself. This is false. Keep reading to find out how you can stay safe against these drivers and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you have already been injured in a car accident.
Defining Aggressive Driving
Before we explain how to avoid aggressive drivers, let us make sure we are on the same page about what an aggressive driver is. This is actually a term that was first used widely in the 1990s. It describes a group of dangerous driving behaviors that put everyone on the road at risk for serious injury.
Examples of aggressive driving behavior include speeding, failing to yield the right of way, passing illegally, cutting off other traffic, tailgating, trying to force other vehicles off the road, running red lights or stop signs, shining bright lights at other drivers, and weaving in and out of traffic. In some cases, aggressive driving can escalate and involve physically assaults, anger, screaming, and other behaviors that are then often classified as the more serious issue of road rage.
Protecting Yourself from Aggressive Drivers
If you are driving down the road and see that a driver in front of, behind you, or next to you is driving in an aggressive manner, the first and best thing you can do is to put as much distance between yourself and the driver as possible. This may mean moving to another lane, dramatically lowering your speed to get several car lengths behind them, or even exiting the road if it is safe for you to do so.
It is tempting to respond to their anger with your own frustration but this is not good for anyone involved. This will only escalate the situation and can lead to even more serious danger. If you feel that you are in immediate danger, or others on the roadway are, then you should absolutely call 9-1-1 to report the danger.
What to Do if You Are in an Accident with an Aggressive Driver
In the state of California, aggressive drivers can be held liable for their actions if said actions result in injury or death of another person. If an aggressive driver is found to be negligent in the accident, they can be responsible for paying the victim’s lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages. If you have been involved in this type of accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for a free legal consultation.