Being a safe driver requires full concentration on the task at hand and a calm mindset. Unfortunately, not all drivers stay focused and calm behind the wheel. Whether it’s because they’re running late or because they believe another driver slighted them in some way, some motorists fall prey to road rage.
Road rage is a serious and growing problem on roadways throughout America, including Indiana and Illinois. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the number of road rage-related fatal traffic accidents grew from 80 in 2006 to 467 in 2015—an increase of nearly 500 percent. Rising stress levels and increasing traffic are partly responsible for this epidemic, but it’s also up to drivers to control their emotions when they’re behind the wheel.
When you’re driving and notice a vehicle moving erratically, you may simply change lanes or move out of the way without giving it much thought. But there’s a good chance the driver behind the wheel is experiencing road rage. People can develop road rage for a variety of reasons, and when they do, they often display the following behaviors:
Even if you’re not the type of person to ever develop full-blown road rage, it’s still important to be aware of your aggression levels when you’re driving. Becoming angry, frustrated, or even impatient can cause you to take unnecessary and dangerous risks behind the wheel, which can put you, your passengers, and other drivers in danger.
Keep the following tips in mind to improve your mindset the next time you drive:
When drivers let their emotions get the better of them to the point that it results in injury-causing accidents, they should be held liable for any damages that occur. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we don’t waste any time getting compensation for victims who were injured by speeding, distracted, or impaired drivers, and the same is true for those who were hurt by road rage-afflicted drivers.
Your injuries may require expensive medical treatments, and you may be too hurt to go back to work. Let our team of Indiana and Illinois auto accident lawyers build a strong claim on your behalf. It’s our goal to get you every penny you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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