You might have noticed more and more drivers honking their horns, speeding, and making reckless moves. You might worry about your safety on the road and ask: Is it just me or are people becoming more aggressive while driving?
It’s not just you. A study finds that an alarming number of people admit to driving aggressively. Researchers from The Zebra found that 82% of drivers say they experienced road rage or took an aggressive action behind the wheel at least one time during the year.
Reckless or aggressive driving poses a serious risk to everyone using the road, from drivers in other cars to people bicycling and walking. An aggressive move by a driver can cause a bad car accident that results in a severe injury or death.
While there’s no excuse for reckless driving, sometimes an aggressive driver is spurred on by another driver’s risky behavior. The Zebra highlights the following actions that make drivers angry:
- Distracted driving
- Getting cut off
- Other driver going too slow
- Other driver not using a turn signal
How to avoid aggressive drivers
You don’t want to confront an aggressive driver on the road. You might be tempted to lash out when someone cuts you off or is driving too closely behind you. Instead, you should try to remain calm and courteous. Don’t engage with the other driver - it simply isn't worth it. You also may want to contact the police and give them a description of the car and the driver’s license plate number. If you are driving, ask someone else in your car to make the call or pull over to a safe location to contact law enforcement.
How to avoid road rage
Drivers can follow a few simple steps to reduce the chance of getting angry behind the wheel. Some top tips for avoiding road rage include:
- Give yourself time to get to where you are going: Drivers sometimes get aggressive when they are running late.
- Keep a cool head: If you’re feeling upset, take time to calm down. If you can postpone driving, wait a few minutes to relax before you get behind the wheel.
- Try not to get angry at other drivers: Someone who is driving slowly might be lost. Even if someone else is making poor decisions, you should try to stay calm. Engaging with them will only increase the chance of an accident.
How an attorney can help
If you’re involved in a car crash with an aggressive driver, you may suddenly find yourself dealing with a serious injury. In some cases, families lose loved ones because of an aggressive driver.
If you were injured, get medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries are not apparent at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, the insurance company for the aggressive driver might argue you were not seriously injured, especially if you don’t see a doctor and make follow-up visits.
Insurance companies also may try to convince you that fighting for additional compensation is not worth the hassle. They may offer a lowball settlement and say it’s the best they can do. We know the truth. We can fight on your behalf to show the insurance company the full impact of the accident. Let The Hanamirian Firm, P.C.handle your claim while you focus on your recovery.
Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation. There’s no obligation and you pay nothing unless we win your case. Our office is in Philadelphia and we are conveniently located right near Rittenhouse Square.