Road Rage is a More Serious Issue Than You May Realize: Don’t Be Part of the Problem
80% of drivers in the U.S. admit that at least one time in the last year they have driven while angry, have driven aggressively, or have experienced road rage. This is according to a survey completed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Another eight million drivers have engaged in more serious types of road rage, including bumping or ramming another car on purpose or getting out of their car to confront another driver.
Road rage can lead to catastrophic injuries and to serious civil and criminal charges. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we have worked with clients on both sides of this equation. We urge you to read on and learn how you can avoid road rage in yourself and others. Then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation if you have been the victim of a car accident caused by road rage.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has states of their own
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about two-thirds of fatal car accidents involve aggressive driving. Men are about three times as likely to be aggressively driving or aggravated on the road compared to women. As you can see, this is a problem that is not just causing car accidents but is causing deaths on our highways.
You cannot control the behavior of others but you can control your own
When you are driving, you do not have control over what other drivers are doing. However, you can control your response. If you see someone angry and acting aggressively, resist the urge to act in kind and instead slow down and let them have the right of way. You lose nothing but a few seconds but you could be saving someone’s life. If you see someone acting particularly dangerously, call 9-1-1, give the operator their plate number, and let the professionals handle it.
If you find yourself on the verge of road rage, take a few breaths. Do not respond by braking or turning to try and make another driver have to change their direction or their speed. Try to be tolerant and forgiving. Remember that the other driver could be having a terrible day. It is likely not personal. Everyone has a bad day. Give some tolerance and a little forgiveness and you could prevent a serious accident.
Have you been in an accident that was affected by road rage?
If you have been in a car, truck, or other type of vehicle accident that was in whole or in part the result of road rage then you should talk to a personal injury attorney right away. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we have dealt with many similar cases. We know what evidence we need to prove your case, we know which expert witnesses can help up build our case, and we know how to ensure you get the appropriate treatment for any injuries you may have. Contact us at 909-982-0707 today for a free legal consultation.