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Avoiding Road Rage

When drivers lose control of their emotions behind the wheel, the results can be devastating. Road rage incidents can cause serious injuries, property damage, and emotional distress. Medical treatment, lost wages, and other costs add up quickly. Financial stress only adds another level of frustration to the mix.

If you suffered injuries in an aggressive driving crash in Cincinnati, the car accident attorneys at Levy Law Offices may be able to help you hold the at-fault driver liable. Call us today at 513-651-CASH to schedule a free case analysis, and let us go after the cash you need to cover medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, and more.

What is road rage?

In many cases, road rage comes across as aggressive driving. Drivers become angry behind the wheel and start taking unnecessary chances. They disregard their own safety and the safety of others, and ignore traffic laws designed to prevent accidents. They often run red lights or stop signs, speed excessively, cut off other drivers, and otherwise create a dangerous situation.

Other anger-driven behaviors are even more common. These include honking and yelling at other motorists, making inappropriate or aggressive gestures, and tailgating.

Some take it a step further, and purposefully cause a confrontation or accident. According to a 2016 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, almost eight million drivers stopped and got out of their car to confront another motorist during the previous year. Nearly six million admitted to hitting another car on purpose while angry. These situations are particularly dangerous because they can lead to violent outbursts or attacks.

How can I avoid getting angry behind the wheel?

You may not be able to control the actions of others, but you can take steps to ensure you remain calm while driving. It is important to avoid driving when tired, upset, or even while hungry. This can put you on edge long before you ever encounter that traffic jam. Another way to calm your nerves is to plan ahead and always allow plenty of time for your commute. Delays are always possible, and can quickly anger even the most even-keeled drivers if they are running late.

Other ways to remain calm include:

  • Reviewing your route before you leave, and checking traffic
  • Taking deep breaths or using other relaxation techniques
  • Listening to your favorite music, an audio book or other calming sound
  • Trying to put yourself in the other driver's shoes (remembering everyone has bad days).
  • Reducing distractions in the car as much as possible
  • Pulling over and resting if you feel yourself becoming angry or on-edge
  • Packing a snack you can eat if necessary

How can I avoid a road rage incident if another driver gets angry?

While it is sometimes difficult to avoid angry and aggressive drivers, you can reduce your risk of being the victim of a road rage incident by following these tips:

  • Use your turn signals and ensure other drivers know you intend to turn or merge
  • Leave plenty of room when you merge or pull out into traffic
  • Offer a friendly wave to apologize if you accidentally cut someone off
  • Allow traffic to merge as necessary
  • Stay in the right lane as much as possible, except when passing
  • Move over to let faster cars pass when in the left lane
  • Do not tailgate
  • Leave extra space at high speeds
  • Change lanes or pull over to allow tailgating drivers to pass
  • Never "brake check" another driver
  • Do not make eye contact with an angry or frustrated driver
  • Never make obscene or angry gestures at other drivers
  • Try to drive defensively and courteously at all times

If someone drives aggressively or displays other signs of road rage, try to stay out of his way. The best thing you can do is take immediate action to defuse the situation: slow down and allow the driver to pass.

If the driver continues to follow you or otherwise act aggressively, call police or drive to the nearest police station. If neither of these is an option, go to another brightly lit, busy business. Remain in your car until the other driver leaves. Lock your doors and do not roll your window down if the other driver confronts you. Never go home if another driver is following you.

Can I hold the other driver liable for a road rage accident?

If you suffered injuries in a Cincinnati car accident caused by road rage, you may be able to collect compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We can handle all aspects of your insurance claim or car accident lawsuit against an aggressive driver.

Call Levy Law Offices today at 513-651-CASH to schedule a time to discuss your Ohio injury claim, and let us get you the cash you deserve.

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