The morning commute can be rushed and hectic. Are you running late to work or late for dropping the kids off at school? Chances are there are other drivers on the road with the same stressors. But while you may still drive defensively despite the stress of life, you cannot control the actions of others whose emotions get the best of them leading to aggressive driving.
Aggressive driving and road rage
According to AAA, aggressive driving includes any unsafe driving practices done willfully and with ill intent or disregard for the safety of others. The following are some examples of ways motorists drive aggressively:
- Driving above the speed limit
- Following too closely
- Cutting off other drivers
- Ignoring traffic lights or stop signs
- Weaving in between lanes
- Not using the blinker when changing lanes
- Flashing headlights on and off
- Brake checking
Road rage is the escalation or extreme form of aggressive driving. The following are some examples of behaviors that indicate road rage:
- Making rude gestures
- Throwing things
- Ramming into other vehicles or sideswiping them
- Forcing other vehicles off the road
Millions of motorists engage in aggressive driving practices or road rage every day.
What to do if you are the victim of road rage
If you are the victim of road rage, you can take some steps to keep yourself safe. Avoid eye contact and do not respond aggressively. Drive to a public place if you can. If you are confronted do not lose your temper. Be calm and polite. If necessary, you can call the police.
If you are in a car crash caused by an aggressive driver or road rage, you have options. You can choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit if appropriate to your situation. These lawsuits are often based on negligence. If you want to learn more about negligence and how it relates to aggressive driving, you can discuss the topic with a personal injury attorney.