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Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of Holiday Road Rage

December 7, 2017


During the Holidays, Florida roads are more congested than normal and we are all challenged by the stress that comes from the heavier traffic patterns. Add to the mix an increase in seasonal shopping and holiday parties, and you have the ingredients for overly aggressive driving. According to the Archives of General Psychiatry, about 16 million Americans over their lifetime can experience IED (intermittent explosive disorder). Once a driver's road behaviors go beyond tailgating, honking and passing on the right, IED can lead to aggressive outbursts involving property destruction and/or injury to others.

Recommendations from the AAA Foundation

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once during the previous year. So, always remember:

  • Don't Offend - Avoid forcing another driver to use their brakes, or turn their steering wheel in response to something that you are doing.
  • Be Tolerant and Forgiving - The other driver may be having a really bad day, so always assume whatever they are doing is not personal.
  • Do Not Respond - Avoid eye contact and don't make gestures at other drivers. You should always try to maintain space around your vehicle and contact 911 if needed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has differentiated between the offenses of aggressive driving (a traffic offense) and road rage (a criminal charge). Although road rage and aggressive driving are different offenses, either can result in unexpected personal injuries from someone else's seething rage. Both aggressive driving and road rage also can have devastating results for innocent auto accident victims.

If you or someone you love were a victim of another driver's unruly behavior, know that the offender can be held legally liable. Moreover, you may be entitled to fair compensation for your personal injuries and property damages. Contact the Law Offices of Schackow & Mercadante to discuss the details of your claim with a personal injury attorney.

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