What to Do When Encountering an Aggressive, Angry Driver

Aggressive drivers have no regard for the safety of others who share the road. They engage in behaviors that put the lives of pedestrians and other motorists at risk and could easily cause an accident. Their frustration and anger can stem from personal problems, what they perceive as an affront by another motorist, or any other number of circumstances.

Some of their actions include running red lights or stop signs, tailgating, changing lanes without using a signal, cutting in front of a vehicle and then suddenly slowing down, and weaving in and out of traffic. But it can oftentimes escalate to road rage, in which the person is shouting obscenities, honking the horn, making threats and chasing another driver.

How to Handle an Aggressive Driver

First and foremost, do not react in the same manner. Using a hand gesture back at the person, screaming, or making similar aggressive maneuvers behind the wheel only escalates the situation. Not only are the lives of those involved in this chaos at risk but so are the lives of other nearby drivers.

Second, move away from the situation in as safe a manner as possible. Move to another lane, exit the freeway or whatever it takes to get out of the way. If the situation has gotten to a point where there is a serious threat of harm, contact the authorities.

Third, ignore the driver. Don’t make eye contact and don’t show outward signs of anger or being upset. Avoid conflict as much as possible.

Fourth, if a collision does occur, don’t get out of the car. Remain inside with doors locked and windows up. Immediately contact police.

Lastly, even without a serious threat it’s important to contact law enforcement so  provide as much information as possible, such as: 

  • plate number;
  • make;
  • model;
  • color; and
  • direction the vehicle was traveling.

Get Legal Help if in an Accident 

If you were in a car accident caused by an aggressive or reckless driver, contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates at 800-246-4878 to discuss your case and your legal options.

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