Dealing with an aggressive driver can be a very unpleasant and scary situation. Crashes linked to aggressive driving often occur when drivers travel at dangerous speeds, fail to yield the right-of-way, knowingly commit traffic violations, and disregard the safety of others.
What is the cause of aggressive driving?
For some aggressive drivers, this type of behavior is commonplace. They may have no regard for the law and may even get a thrill out of erratic driving. However, most aggressive drivers are ordinary drivers who happen to become impatient at times.
This can be due to:
Delays in traffic
Running late for work or being in a hurry to get somewhere
Dealing with a stressful life situation
Responding to a personal emergency
When encountering an aggressive driver, just know that their behavior is nothing personal against you. If you're being tailgated by an aggressive driver, simply pull over and let them pass. Otherwise, it's best to keep a safe distance from these drivers and call the police if they appear to be putting the lives of others in danger.
How should I deal with road rage?
Many aggressive drivers don't actually want to engage in any kind of confrontational behavior. They just want to get from point A to point B. Some aggressive drivers take inconveniences on the road personally and feel the need to lash out at other road users.
If you encounter someone who is behaving aggressively towards you, such as giving rude gestures or yelling, ignoring that driver is the best way to de-escalate the situation. If an aggressive driver follows you or chases you, it's best to keep your windows rolled up and doors locked and call the police. If you happen to be near a police station, simply driving towards the police station may ward off the aggressive driver.
Contact our Philadelphia law firm if you were injured by an aggressive driver
Nobody should have to have their life turned upside down because another driver couldn't control his or her behavior on the road. Unfortunately, crashes caused by aggressive driving can happen when least expected. Good, responsible road users can end up with severe or life-threatening injuries.
That's why the Philadelphia car accident attorneys at The Hanamirian Firm, PC are dedicated to holding aggressive drivers accountable when their actions result in someone's injury or death. We are also dedicated to helping our clients get compensated for all accrued damages. This can include medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life. If malicious behavior or gross negligence was the cause of your crash, our attorney may even pursue punitive damages to punish the at-fault driver.
To learn more about the legal options available to you, contact our law firm online and schedule your free consultation.