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Road Rage — and How You Can Avoid It

You have likely at some point come across a driver who was overly aggressive on a road or highway. It can be difficult to ignore drivers who have road rage, especially when it seems they are doing everything they can to purposefully provoke you.

Aggressive and careless driving usually takes any of the following forms:

  • Speeding
  • Changing lanes quickly and recklessly, especially cutting off other drivers
  • Following behind other vehicles far too closely (tailgating)
  • Not using the turn signal before changing lanes

Road rage is more severe than aggressive driving, and in certain circumstance may escalate into a criminal offense. In these situations, the driver becomes so angry about an incident on the road that he or she may overreact and try to retaliate. For example, the driver could begin yelling threats at you, attempt to follow you for a physical confrontation or even assault you or damage your vehicle using a weapon.

With roads becoming more congested across the country, road rage incidents are becoming more common. There are certain steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed
  • Avoid doing anything to provoke the other driver, including making eye contact or rude gestures
  • Never get out of your car to approach another driver
  • If you think you are being followed, contact police, or drive to the nearest crowded public space or police station
  • Avoid tailgating the other driver

For more information and legal guidance regarding crashes caused by road rage, speak with a skilled Bradenton auto accident attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.

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