Road rage is when a driver gets furious behind the wheel and aggressively targets another driver. This can include the following behaviors:
According to a recent poll by AAA Mid Atlantic, D.C. drivers believe aggressive driving is the leading threat to highway safety. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says 80 percent of drivers in the U.S. have displayed aggression, anger and road rage while driving at least once in this last year. However, D.C. has experienced more extreme cases. Last year alone, a man shot another driver, a man bit a woman’s finger and even a police officer was arrested due to road rage incidents.
Road rage incidents can escalate quickly and can have disastrous consequences for both parties involved. If you find yourself targeted by a road rage driver, there are some steps you can take to avoid a confrontation or a car crash.
In a road rage incident, rationality often goes out the window and it is easy for the situation to escalate to a dangerous level. If you are being followed, a driver is trying to run you off the road or has gotten out of the car to confront you, it is important that you call the police immediately and report the incident.
The Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP help victims who have sustained injuries in a car crash caused by road rage incidents. Call us today to speak to one of our attorneys.