Why are Road Rage Incidents Occurring More Often?
Written by Greg on June 20, 2019
It seems that road rage incidents are becoming more and more commonplace. More drivers are on the road, and when traffic is heavy, people can get irritated quickly. Road rage is more than frustrating — it can be dangerous. Road rage is described as intense anger behind the wheel. It is estimated that about half of all drivers have felt road rage at some point; however, most do not act on the feeling. When a driver takes action against another driver due to anger, the results can be devastating.
What Contributes to Road Rage?
There are a number of factors that may contribute to road rage. The Houston Metro area has a population of more than 6 million people. Many people make a long commute to get to and from work each day around Houston. For some people, the time they spend in the car can be more than a couple of hours a day. When there is high traffic due to a car wreck or weather conditions, the resulting delays increase the time of everyone’s commute. This can cause people to become angry, and they often take out their anger on other drivers.
Road rage is more common than face-to-face confrontation because people do not think of vehicles as human beings. Instead, a driver might become agitated and consider taking actions against the other car. When you are inside your car, you have a false sense of security. You feel protected, so you are more likely to act out in anger. Most people yell or make hand gestures at other drivers when they are angry. Some drivers take their anger to the extreme. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines road rage as “when a driver commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property, an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle”.
Preventing Road Rage Incidents
There are a few things you can do to prevent road rage incidents. For your own part, don’t get behind the wheel when you are stressed or angry. This anger will only intensify in traffic and other drivers will be sure to get you agitated more easily. Allow yourself extra time to get to your destination. That way you will have a few extra minutes and will not be under pressure if you fall behind. Get plenty of rest before you drive and put away your cell phone so you can concentrate on the road. Drive defensively and remember to give others the benefit of the doubt.
If someone is angry at you on the road, do not attempt to argue on the road. Instead, allow the other driver to pass, slow down and stay in the right lane. If the other driver is driving erratically, call the police to report the driver. Do not follow the driver and do not engage with him. That will only serve to escalate the situation and cause a confrontation. Do not get out of your vehicle.
Sometimes a road rage incident results in an accident. Another driver may side-swipe or rear-end your vehicle. In some situations, the driver causes a multiple vehicle crash. If you were hurt in an accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, the other driver may owe you compensation for your injuries. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial consultation to discuss your injuries today.