Defusing road rage and avoiding aggressive drivers

At some point in their lives, many Arizona drivers will experience road rage. While they can work to calm themselves down if they are experiencing this phenomenon themselves, the situation can become particularly scary when it is another driver who is acting angry or aggressive. In order to defuse road range that is happening behind them, there are several things drivers can do.

Drivers who are in a situation where another motorist is acting aggressively or angry can help defuse the situation by not interacting with that driver. For example, drivers can avoid making eye contact with the other driver, avoid making inflammatory gestures that could make a dangerous road rage situation worse and stay calm. Just by staying calm, for example, drivers can keep their own road rage down to manageable levels and focus on not getting into an accident with the other driver.

If possible, drivers should also build some breathing room around their vehicle. If in a traffic jam, drivers should consider leaving a few extra feet of breathing space around their vehicle. If they are driving on an open multi-lane highway, they may consider moving over to let the other driver through. Getting out of the way could prevent a potential accident with an unsafe driver.

When dangerous or aggressive drivers cause motor vehicle accidents, others who become involved are at risk for suffering serious injuries that could include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding. A personal injury attorney may work with a person injured in a road rage accident to help him or her obtain compensation for the damages he or she sustained. Depending on the severity of the accident, the attorney may seek compensation for medical bills and associated future medical costs, lost income if the person could not work and pain and suffering.

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