Experienced Baltimore Accident Attorneys Represent Aggressive Driving Claims
The risks when road rage takes over behind the wheel
Driving can be an emotional experience, but when a driver is overcome with anger, it puts everyone on the road at risk. Aggressive driving habits and road rage turn drivers into weapons speeding down the road in a multi-ton steel box. When these drivers turn their sights on other vehicles, the damage can be catastrophic, and both passengers and drivers can be critically injured or killed. If you are the victim of an angry or aggressive driver, the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, are ready to help fight for your right to compensation.
What is aggressive driving?
It’s important to recognize the signs of an aggressive driver. It can help you avoid a road rage incident, or it can help in determining the cause of an accident after the fact. Aggressive driving habits include:
- Excessive horn use
- Quick and frequent lane changes
- Flashing headlights
- Gesturing at other drivers
If you notice that a driver uses these behaviors on the road, and later gets into an accident, aggressive driving is likely the cause.
Road rage incidents
When drivers lose control, the results can range from ramming other cars to physical altercations outside of the vehicle. Common triggers that send aggressive drivers into road rage include:
Cutting someone off. Making an unexpected lane change that slows down an aggressive driver can be a huge source of stress.
Blocking a lane. Driving too slowly in a lane or blocking the passing lane can also set off an aggressive driver.
Racing. Trying to stay ahead of or keep up with an aggressive driver can make them more competitive and emotional.
Gestures or signals. Using obscene hand signs or other communications can offend an aggressive driver and hurt their pride, which can send them into a rage.
If you find yourself confronted by a driver with road rage, stay in your vehicle with your doors locked. If you are both still driving, practice defensive driving techniques to avoid the other driver. Better still, allow them to pass or get away from you and remove yourself from the situation.
Encounters with aggressive drivers can lead to sideswiping, rear-end collisions, and physical assaults, so make sure to take every precaution when dealing with an aggressive driver or someone affected by road rage.
If you’ve been injured by an aggressive or angry driver, contact our Baltimore offices
Road range and other emotional responses make drivers a hazard on the road, and the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, understand just how much of a danger they can pose. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online . We help injured accident victims in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.