Road Rage: When Aggressive Driving Crosses the Line
Whether bolstered by the perceived anonymity of the open road, or simply caught up in the heat of the moment, thousands of drivers are lured into traffic disputes each year. Aggressive driving experiences, or road rage, continue to plague U.S. roads, with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reporting that at least 1,500 people are killed or severely injured in such disputes every year.
Road rage in Oklahoma
While Oklahoma hasn’t joined states like New York, Massachusetts, or California, which take top spots in aggressive driving incident rankings, there is no shortage of road rage incidents on our roads. In a particularly gruesome incident demonstrating how aggressive behavior can spiral out of control, one driver had his neck slashed by an irate motorcyclist. The driver lived but was shocked that his perceived slight, supposedly cutting off the motorcyclist in a parking lot, could lead to such a violent outburst.
What to do when road rage affects you
In certain instances, another driver’s road rage is simply uncontrollable. In these cases, there are a few practical steps that can minimize the altercation:
- Don’t attempt to confront the other driver
- Try not to make eye contact if it can be avoided
- Call 911 immediately
Let it go
The main thing to remember when overly aggressive drivers target you is not to stand your ground or make a point. The number-one priority must be your safety and the safety of your passengers.
Aggressive driving accidents often result in injuries and property damage and require the knowledge and expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney.