If you have driven in Los Angeles, you have likely witnessed an incident of road rage – and experiencing the fall out from road rage is often even worse. Whether out of stress or anger, road raging drivers lose their tempers and use their cars as a way to vent their emotions. They speed. They tailgate. They honk. They race. They run red lights. And in some cases, they even try to run other vehicles off the road.
Road rage is against the law in California, and its victims deserve compensation for the harm they suffer. An experienced car accident lawyer can fight to get it for them.
Road Rage Behaviors
While road rage can take many forms, a recent report by AAA Exchange lists the most typical aggressive behaviors seen with a road-raging driver.
All of these behaviors can hurt other motorists and innocent victims:
- Verbalizing anger behind the wheel – including cursing, screaming, and yelling; sometimes to themselves and sometimes at another driver on the road.
- Physical actions behind the wheel – slamming the steering wheel with their hands, banging on the sides of their cars through an open window, or making obscene gestures.
- Intentional annoyance tactics – may include flashing their brights, honking, or menacingly rev-ing their engines.
- Dangerous vehicle maneuvers – speeding up, slowing down, tailgating, crowding a lane, and even intentionally running into another car.
This list is not exhaustive. Put simply, a road raging driver often uses his vehicle as a deadly weapon. If you have been on the receiving end of road rage and that resulted in an auto accident or other injury you will want to discuss the specifics of your case with an experienced auto accident attorney.
Factors Contributing to Road Rage
As Los Angelenos on the road, it is likely we have been frustrated by something or other while behind the wheel, but hopefully we are able to rein that frustration in. A number of factors can trigger driver anger, including many of the following that Angelenos experience on an almost daily basis while driving:
- Traffic congestion
- Lack of time
None of these factors excuses road rage. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a road raging driver, you have legal rights and may be able to collect financial compensation for your injuries.
Legal Liability for Harm Caused by Road Rage
Drivers who engage in road rage may face tough civil and criminal legal consequences for their actions. An aggressive car accident lawyer can fight on your behalf to recover compensation from the road raging driver and work to protect your rights. For a free, no obligation consultation about an accident accident that was not your fault, contact the winning lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm today.