Road rage is an increasingly common problem in California and across the nation. More than 80 percent of drivers admitted to experiencing anger or road rage at least once in the past year, according to a July 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
This trend is disturbing, because people who experience road rage are more likely to drive aggressively, increasing the risk of an accident that could cause serious personal injuries or even death.
If you have experienced injury or loss due to an aggressive driving or road rage incident, contact our trusted Sacramento car accident attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm. We can review your situation in a free, no-obligation consultation. You may be able to receive compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering you experienced after a road rage accident.
What is Road Rage?
The term road rage was first used by a Los Angeles news station in 1987 after a string of shootings on several freeways in Southern California. Road rage occurs when a driver operates his or her vehicle in a threatening manner, endangering other motorists or property. The term road rage also applies to situations when a driver behaves violently or uses his or her vehicle to assault others on the roadway.
Road rage can include any of the following driving behaviors:
The root cause of road rage is often stress or anxiety in a driver's daily life. When a stressed or anxious driver gets behind the wheel and encounters frustrating or challenging situations, it may inspire road rage. Sometimes road rage is triggered by a driver feeling disrespected by another driver. Other times, the driver is in a hurry and becomes angry with drivers that are travelling at slower speeds or are perceived as causing a delay.
Other potential triggers for road rage include:
If you experience road rage while driving, calm down and take a few deep breaths. Try to have empathy for other drivers and forgive their mistakes. Pull over to a safe location and decompress for a few minutes.
Driving carefully in a courteous manner can often help decrease the instances of road rage. Do not force another driver to brake or suddenly turn because you are not paying attention. If you suspect that another driver may be experiencing road rage, try to disengage from the situation.
Other ways to avoid confrontation or danger include:
Despite your best efforts, accidents fueled by road rage can happen. If this occurs, take steps to protect yourself after this type of accident, including:
Road rage can cause serious collisions, especially when it involves travelling at high speeds. Victims of these accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other damages, but it is vital to work with an attorney on your claim. Not only can an attorney manage every aspect of your case, he or she can also conduct a detailed investigation to determine an accurate valuation of your claim.
For a free consultation, contact an injury lawyer from Arnold Law today. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we do not get paid unless we recover compensation for you.