Aggressive drivers can be extremely dangerous to motorists and people should be able to spot the signs of road rage.
Most West Virginia motorists share the road with motorcycles, tractor trailers and other vehicles every day. There is, however, another danger that may be lurking on the state roadways. According to AAA, drivers engaging in at least one form of aggressive driving are responsible for causing approximately 56 percent of all traffic accident fatalities across the United States. Bad weather conditions, heavy traffic and increased stress can intensify this hazard. Eight out of 10 motorists in the U.S. admit to driving in a way that may put others at risk. It is crucial that drivers know how to spot the signs of an aggressive driver in order to possibly save their life or the life of someone else on the road.
What does an aggressive driver look like?
It isn’t always easy to spot someone who has road rage. However, people who are frustrated behind the wheel may display certain driving characteristics that could act as a hint to others. There are some key signs to beware of, which include the following:
· Speeding and/or racing other vehicles.
· Tailgating or following too close.
· Haphazardly changing lanes through traffic.
· Forgetting to adhere to traffic signals and road signs.
· Honking the horn, yelling obscenities or giving inappropriate hand gestures to other drivers.
· Blocking and/or cutting off other drivers.
Some aggressive drivers are confrontational, and may even approach other motorists.
How should motorists react?
Law enforcement officers warn people to never make eye contact with road raged motorists, and refrain from speaking back to them or returning gestures of any kind. People should never roll down their window or respond to aggressive drivers who come up to their vehicles. Instead, drivers who see someone with road rage should contact law enforcement. Someone who is being followed by an aggressive driver should never go home, but instead alert an officer while they are driving. By informing law enforcement, people may be able to save someone from becoming the victim of an aggressive driver.
Get the legal help you need
If you have been victimized by an aggressive driver, drunk driver or another type of negligent motorist, contact Warner Law Offices regarding your case. You may have questions that need to be answered, and you may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages from work and emotional trauma. Our attorneys will help in exploring your legal rights and helping you choose the best option for you.