Strategies to stay safe near aggressive drivers

Road rage can happen at any time when driving on Arizona roads or any others throughout the country. Those who encounter aggressive drivers are encouraged to do whatever it takes to handle the situation in a calm manner. If a person is driving on a highway with multiple lanes, it is a good idea to change lanes as soon as it is safe to do so.

If it is not possible to make a lane change, it is a good idea to create some space between vehicles. It is not a good idea to make eye contact with or use rude gestures toward other drivers on the highway. Furthermore, it rarely makes sense to honk the horn or take other actions toward a person who is acting in a rude or aggressive manner on the road. When in a parking lot, it is generally easier to find another space than to waste time fighting with someone over a spot both drivers prefer.

In most cases, the other driver won't listen to reason or to anything that an individual has to say about losing a spot. If another driver is acting in an unsafe manner, a call to the police may be in order. This can be especially helpful after an accident with someone experiencing road rage.

When car accidents occur because of aggressive driving, those who cause the crashes may be deemed liable for resulting damages. Aggressive driving may include going too fast for road conditions, following too closely or running a red light. Individuals who are hurt in a car crash may benefit from collecting evidence such as a driver statement or by taking photos at the scene. An attorney might be able to use this evidence to gain leverage in a personal injury case.

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