If you're driving in Southern California, you've likely experienced the immense frustration that comes from sitting in traffic. Although congested roadways are a way of life, unfortunately road rage is an increasingly dangerous and sometimes fatal reality of our society. Sometimes road rage incidents are the result of a narrowly-avoided traffic accident. Often times, however, there is o explanation for what set off the aggressive party. The disturbing details of road rage incidents should give every driver pause. A few points of advice may help you avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
- Get out of the way of aggressive drivers. It may be tempting to some to try to block or slow the progress of an out of control driver, especially when they are driving recklessly in slow traffic. The best thing to do is get out of the way, or stay in your lane where you are.
- Call 911 if possible. If you're traveling with a passenger, have the passenger make the call. The more information you are able to give the 911 operator, the better.
- If the angry driver is upset with you, stay in your vehicle and do not do anything to escalate the situation. Lock your car doors.
- If you are in a car accident with an angry or reckless driver, try to stay in your vehicle until the police arrive.
- Keep communication with the aggressive party to a minimum: explaining your side of the story is unlikely to help. Wait for the police to arrive.
- If you are being followed or harrassed by an aggressive driver, drive towards a public area. Avoid deserted roads and seek a public place where there will be many other drivers.
- Never try to detain or stop an aggressive driver, even if they have caused a collision. Do not follow a fleeing driver. Record information, but do not try to right the wrong yourself: aggressive drivers are unpredictable and can be very dangerous.
If you were involved in a road rage accident, the lawyers at The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C. may be able to help. Contact us today for a free, no-risk case consultation about your car accident case.