How to Deal with Aggressive Drivers

By Peter DePaolis

We have all been on the wrong end of an aggressive and frustrated driver. Perhaps on your commute to work this morning, another driver cut you off or expressed his or her displeasure with a hand gesture. While it is tempting to respond, the best thing to do for your own safety is to ignore it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that approximately 6.8 million car crashes occur in the U.S. every year, and aggressive driving plays a significant role in a large amount of those accidents.

The next time an aggressive driver confronts you on the road, do the following:

  • Remain calm and stay focused on getting to your destination safely.
  • It might be difficult, but be courteous.
  • Avoid any visible sign that shows anger.
  • Do not allow the other driver to draw you into a confrontation.
  • If you feel you are in danger, call the police or drive to a populated area.
  • Never drive to your home, and remain in your car until you feel safe.

Following the above advice will help diffuse the situation and avoid a potentially serious car accident. Have you been a victim of aggressive driving or road rage? Contact our office today to explore your options.

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.