Car accidents are an unfortunate reality of life, but thankfully, many of them can be prevented – especially those occurring as a result of road rage incidents or aggressive driving. With more than 36,000 injuries occurring as a result of auto accidents in Arizona in 2018, and at least 1,500 injured or killed as a result of road rage or aggressive driving across the country, it’s important to avoid these incidents.
If you’ve already been injured in a car accident in Arizona, contact our Phoenix auto accident attorneys at the ELG Law. Our team of auto accident lawyers is here to help with a free, no-hassle consultation today.
Many road rage incidents involve two or more aggressive drivers, so the best way to prevent them is by keeping calm. You can’t control the actions of other motorists, but you can control your actions on the road.
It’s important to avoid tailgating, cutting other vehicles off, speeding, or weaving through traffic. And never respond to another driver’s aggressive actions with your own erratic driving.
For example, if someone cuts you off or tailgates your vehicle, don’t respond aggressively. Simply slow down, change lanes or let aggressive drivers pass you.
Ensure that you’re a polite driver. First, use your horn sparingly and only in emergencies to alert other drivers. If another driver uses their horn, don’t respond. Simply acknowledge their presence and avoid aggressively responding.
When possible, apologize if you’ve accidentally done something wrong by smiling or waving to the other driver and acknowledging your mistake.
It’s vital to avoid getting angry and yelling at other drivers, even if they’ve yelled at you. Stay calm, apologize if you were at fault, and move on.
If someone wants to pass your vehicle, let them. Slow down and change lanes, and always observe the speed limit. Don’t be a competitive driver or try to hold other drivers accountable if they’re speeding or driving recklessly. Be a defensive, safe driver and move your vehicle away from danger.
Finally, alert the authorities if you feel like you are in danger. Call 911 if you’re in immediate danger, or drive to the police station or to the nearest public place with witnesses. Most importantly, do not get out of the car to confront another driver in a road rage incident.
Contact your auto accident attorney as soon as possible so that they can begin work on your case and provide helpful legal advice. Your lawyer can work as your liaison with insurance companies, allowing you to recover from your motorcycle accident stress-free.
It’s important to prevent road rage incidents where possible. But if you’ve already been involved in an accident, stay calm and protect yourself by contacting an attorney. If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, contact our Phoenix auto accident attorneys at ELG Law. Call us at (623) 562-3838 for a no-obligation free consultation and legal representation today.