The dangers of road rage and aggressive driving

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Car Accidents

It can happen in an instant. You’re driving down  I-84 when someone behind you starts repeatedly honking their horn. Before you have a chance to move out of their way, they’re tailgating you. Suddenly, they hit you from behind and you lose control of your vehicle. The next few moments happen in slow motion, as you try to move over to the shoulder and end up being hit by another car on your passenger side.

Every year road rage and overly aggressive driving often leads to serious injuries or even death. Nearly 80% of accidents on U.S. highways occur due to angry drivers.

What to do if you’re a victim of road rage  

Should you become involved in an accident sparked by road rage, following these steps can help:

  • Pull over to the side of the road if possible. Getting out of traffic’s way will help to keep the number of cars involved in the accident down.
  • Do not engage the angry driver. If they approach your window, do not open it or the door.
  • Call 911 and ask them to send help.
  • Take a picture or write down the angry driver’s license plate number.
  • Assess yourself for injuries. When the ambulance arrives, allow the medics to check you out. If necessary, let them take you to the hospital. You’ll need documentation of your injuries for insurance claims.

Avoiding these types of accidents can be difficult. When you find yourself facing an aggressive driver, do not engage with them. You don’t know what that person is capable of and you don’t want to find out. If you are a victim of a road rage-fueled accident, seek out legal assistance as soon as possible.

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