Road Rage Can Cause Damage, Injuries, and Death
The majority of drivers strive to drive safely and be courteous to others on the road. It is important to remember that no one is perfect, and it is likely that you have accidentally cut someone off or done something to upset another driver. Most drivers are aware of the importance of taking these incidents in stride and not taking them personally, however some drivers exhibit extreme and malicious reactions that can be classified as road rage.
In addition to causing serious auto accidents, road rage can also result in catastrophic injuries and even death. The Philadelphia, PA personal injury lawyers of Gay & Chacker are prepared to help you recover damages and hold the responsible party accountable if you or a loved one has been injured by a driver with road rage.
Road Rage vs. Aggressive Driving: What Is The Difference?
Road rage may be considered a criminal offense, while aggressive driving constitutes a traffic infraction. In both cases, reckless and dangerous driving is involved, as well as violation of traffic laws. In both cases, the difference lies in the intent of the driver. When a driver exhibits road rage, they act aggressively in order to retaliate against another driver, whereas aggressive drivers may violate traffic laws without malicious intent toward another driver.
Road Rage Can Take Many Forms. What Are Some Examples?
When a driver experiences road rage, he or she will focus on a specific vehicle or driver. He or she may take the following actions in order to “punish” the other driver for a perceived wrong:
- The act of speeding around a slower vehicle in order to cut it off
- An intentional collision with another vehicle
- An attempt to run a vehicle off the road
- Sudden braking without any apparent reason
- Threatening or harming another driver by getting out of the vehicle
When You Are The Target Of An Angry Driver, What Should You Do?
Regrettably, even an honest, simple mistake can set off a driver with road rage. If you find yourself in a position where another driver is acting erratically, and you do not feel safe follow these steps:
- Lock your vehicle’s doors and do not exit it
- Contact the police
- Make your presence known by using your horn or flashing your hazards lights
- In the event that you are being followed, do not drive home. You should instead drive to a busy public place or a police station
When You Are The Victim Of Road Rage, What Should You Do?
Call the Personal Injury Lawyers, Gay & Chacker if you have been injured by aggressive driving or road rage. If you file a personal injury lawsuit against a driver who caused your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medication and medical treatment
- Rehabilitation and at-home care, if necessary
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
In the event of a fatal vehicle accident caused by a malicious driver, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. When a loved one passes away, it is a traumatic experience, but it is essential to take action in order to hold the responsible party accountable. A lawsuit serves as a message to others that violent acts on the road are unacceptable and have consequences.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s road rage, please call Gay & Chacker today for your free attorney consultation. We have been serving the Mid-Atlantic for over 50 years. We know the law, we know the courts, and we know our opponents in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. We will make sure you get the legal help you deserve.