Every person has a bad day, is frustrated at some point with traffic, or is late for an appointment. However, none of these reasons gives anyone the right to drive aggressively, also known as road rage.
When a driver operates a vehicle with road rage, they become a danger to themselves and everyone else on the roadways. Watch out for the following signs of road rage to avoid potential accidents that may cause serious injury and harm.
Signs of Road Rage – Violations of the Law
Some of the signs of road rage are easy to spot, as they directly violate the law, roadway signs, or roadway signals. Some of these types of road rage that result in the direct violation of the law and could result in the driver getting a ticket from law enforcement include the following:
- Improper changing of lanes
- Passing vehicles improperly on the roadways
- Failing to yield
- Failing to obey traffic signals and signs (stop signs, stoplights, etc.)
Additional Signs of Road Rage
Some additional signs of aggressive driving and road rage are apparent on the roadways, but may not actually include any violations of the law. Take careful note to observe any drivers on the roadways acting in the following ways, as it could be a strong indication that they are driving aggressively and could cause an accident due to their road rage.
- Honking the horn excessively
- Making wild, offensive or aggressive hand gestures
- Yelling out of the window (threats, vulgarities, or angry words)
- Abruptly accelerating or braking
- Cutting off cars in traffic intentionally, or blocking cars while in traffic intentionally
- Driving in such a way that their behavior causes another car to hit a pedestrian
- Driving in such a way that another car runs off the road
- Stopping the car and exiting in order to have a verbal or physical confrontation
- Chasing another car at a high speed or with dangerous maneuvers
Filing a Claim
In order to file a claim against another driver for road rage, there must be an actual accident. Even if a driver is acting aggressively on the roadway, or driving in such a way to cause danger to those around him or her, the only way to actually file a claim is if there were physical or emotional injuries, or financial losses to a victim. However, if you see that someone is driving in an aggressive manner, or clearly has road rage, the best thing to do is contact law enforcement and attempt to give them the license plate number, the make and model of the car and the direction they are headed, if it is safe to do so.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you were involved in an accident due to another driver’s road rage, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses that were a direct result of their negligence. Contact the experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose at (415) 946-8900 or online today.