You may not have given much thought to what it is that constitutes road rage, but you likely know road rage when you see it. Driving is an important responsibility, and when we get behind the wheel, we accept that responsibility by agreeing to maneuver our roadways as safely as possible. Drivers who allow rage to color their driving choices endanger everyone with whom they share the road. If you or someone you care about has been injured by another motorist’s road rage, consult with an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney today.
Road Rage vs. Aggressive Driving
Road rage is an extreme form of aggressive driving – which is plenty dangerous enough. Aggressive driving generally refers to disregarding the rules of the road and driving for one’s own advantage (as if other drivers are unimportant). Aggressive driving often looks like:
- Speeding excessively
- Swerving in and out of traffic
- Disregarding traffic signs and signals
Aggressive driving is dangerous driving. Never engage in aggressive driving and allow any aggressive drivers in your midst a wide berth.
Road Rage, however, takes aggressive driving to the next level. Drivers who have sunk into the depths of road rage are often intent on causing harm or, at least, are not concerned about doing so. Road rage looks like aggressive driving on steroids. These drivers are typically determined to wreak havoc, and when you see such a driver, you’ll know it.
When you spot a driver who’s exhibiting road rage, it’s time to back off. That driver is endangering everyone on the road, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it other than alerting the authorities when it is safe to do so. There are, however, several things you shouldn’t do, including:
- Do not engage the offending driver in any way – even eye contact can be taken as a sign of aggression (remember, this driver is likely looking for trouble).
- Do not tap on your brakes to warn off an enraged tailgater – you’re more likely to increase his or her hostility.
- Never pull to the side of the road to argue with an enraged driver who’s been threatening you or others – you could be taking your life into your own hands.
- If you do find yourself stopped on the road with the offending driver, remain in your car with the windows closed and the doors locked until help arrives.
Excessive speed is the most prevalent component of dangerous accidents, and when you factor in the additional deadly attributes associated with road rage, it isn’t difficult to recognize exactly how dangerous it actually is.
If Another Driver’s Road Rage Leaves You Injured, Consult with an Experienced San Francisco Car Accident Attorney Today
Road rage is not only terrifying but also deadly. If another motorist’s road rage leaves you injured, the formidable car accident attorneys at The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc., in San Francisco have the experience, dedication, and compassion to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (415) 433-0444 today.