We all come across other drivers who are in a hurry or take their frustration out on others for reasons we're not aware of. Aggressive driving may include tailgating, yelling, making disrespectful gestures and driving in a way that puts others in danger.
According to the NHTSA, the most common causes of aggressive driving include:
- Impatience. Drivers who encounter traffic jams, traffic congestion and other inconveniences may become impatient.
- Aggressive driving as a habit. Some drivers have become so accustomed to aggressive driving that it's something they often do on a regular basis. Some even become comfortable with it and fail to see the potential consequences of it.
- Anonymity. Most drivers would never give rude gestures or yell in most circumstances. Yet, they may be more likely to do so when they're inside their cars.
- Dealing with stressful situations. People who are dealing with stressful situations in their lives (job loss, divorce, financial issues, etc.) may take their frustration out on the road.
What are the best ways to deal with aggressive drivers?
The first thing to consider when encountering an aggressive driver is that the frustration they take out on the road isn't aimed specifically at you. So, don't take it personally. If another driver appears to be making rude gestures, honking or yelling, simply brush it off and ignore it. This alone can de-escalate the situation.
If you're being tailgated by another driver, it's best to pull over and let the driver pass. Doing so can not only de-escalate a potential road rage incident, but it can also reduce the likelihood of being rear-ended by a tailgater.
If an aggressive driver starts following or chasing you, it's best to do the following:
- Roll up your windows and lock your doors.
- If you stop at an intersection, leave enough space between you and the car in front of you so you can pull out of the lane.
- Drive to the nearest police station. You can also call the police, but be sure to describe the driver, the car and license plate.
What if I was involved in a crash linked to aggressive driving or road rage?
If you were injured in a crash that was caused by aggressive driving or road rage, it's important that you seek prompt medical attention (if you haven't already) and speak to an experienced Vancouver car accident attorney.
Your attorney will need to launch an in-depth investigation and compile as much evidence as possible to support your claim. That's because the insurance company who represents the other driver may attempt to argue against your claim, especially if road rage was involved. They can argue that your crash was caused intentionally rather than by negligence.
The truth is, most aggressive drivers who cause crashes don't always do so intentionally. Only in rare cases do road ragers purposely ram into cars. An attorney at The Scott Law Firm, PLLC can gather the facts and advocate for fair compensation on your behalf. Even if the driver who hit you did so intentionally, you are not out of legal options.
To learn more, contact us online and schedule your free and confidential legal consultation.