Protecting Yourself Against Road Rage

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Most people who have driven a vehicle will tell you that they have been angered by another motorist on the road at one point or another in their driving career. You may associate this with the term “road rage.” You might have heard a friend say they had road rage, or you yourself might have said it about your own experience. Road rage is more than a driver getting annoyed by another driver on the road. It can be a serious, even deadly, danger to drivers on the roadways.


Road-rage-Charlotte-Monroe-Lake-Norman-Injury-Lawyer-225x300The dictionary defines road rage as “a motorist’s uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior.” Past incidents attributed to road rage include destruction of a motorist’s car, excessive yelling and threatening, and even physical harm to another driver. It is not uncommon to hear about a road rage incident in the news today. While there is no way for you to control the emotions and actions of another driver, there are a few tips that can follow to protect yourself and hopefully prevent a road rage incident.


When in Doubt, Pull Over


As stated above, there is no way to predict or control another driver’s actions, but if you feel yourself getting into a potential road rage situation, pull over. Seeing another car flash their lights at you, honk the horn, speed up to catch up to you can all be early indicators of road rage. With the high risks associated with road rage, it is worth it to take a few minutes out of your drive to pull over, or pull onto another road entirely, and wait for the angry driver to pass you. Pulling over can give the other driver the ability to safely pass you and be ahead of you on the roadway.


“Polite” Driving


There are little things that occur when driving that are annoying to most drivers. Failure to use a blinker, cutting off another driver, driving too close to the car in front of you, and other driving behaviors are all seemingly minor annoyances, but can cause another driver to become angry and experience road rage. When changing lanes, be sure to check around you and be confident that the lane is completely clear before moving. This does not just serve to prevent road rage, but it is a safe driving technique that can help you avoid a car accident. Similarly, using your blinker puts other vehicles on notice that you will be changing lanes or turning and they can adequately prepare for it.


There is no way to guarantee that a driver around you will not succumb to road rage and pose a danger to you. However, employing defensive driving techniques and being aware of your surroundings can help. If you have been injured in a road rage incident, the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you. Contact us today for a consultation. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe. Contact us, for a free consultation, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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