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What is road rage, and how can it be handled?

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The roads across New Hampshire can be congested and hazardous even at the best of times. Workers are often under pressure to meet tight deadlines, or parents might be doing their utmost to pick up their children on time. 

When drivers are placed under intense pressure, they may exhibit signs of aggressive driving or road rage. Let’s examine road rage and what to do if you are confronted with it.

How common is road rage? 

Road rage is actually an extremely common phenomenon. In fact, research suggests that more than 80% of drivers in America have expressed significant anger on the roads at some point in time. This is significant as dangerous driving behaviors often associated with road rage could increase the chance of a collision occurring.  

What are the symptoms of road rage? 

Road rage can manifest itself in numerous ways. Frequently, aggressive driving behavior may begin with using expletives and offensive hand gestures. However, it could also escalate to a physical change in driving patterns, such as following someone too closely, honking the horn excessively or preventing other vehicles from changing lanes. In extreme scenarios, aggressive drivers may even attempt to hit another vehicle or leave their car to pursue a physical altercation with another driver. 

How can road rage be handled? 

A natural response to an aggressive driver may be to become angry and confront them directly. However, this could worsen the situation. Law enforcement in New Hampshire recommends that aggressive drivers should not be confronted directly. Rather, they suggest that motorists focus on keeping themselves safe and report the problem to the police as soon as possible.   We at Solomon Law Firm also encourage our followers not to react or confront angry drivers.  No matter how safely you drive, angry or merely distracted drivers can and do cause accidents.  

If  you are involved in such a motor vehicle accident and are injured, you have legal rights and protections and the right to the compensation you deserve.  Solomon Law Firm offers a free consultation to explore your legal options after an accident injury.