What to do around aggressive drivers
On behalf of of Orin J. Cohen Law
New York drivers often encounter others on the road who are aggressive or downright angry. Sometimes, offended drivers will become angry and also give in to road rage, increasing the chances that both of them will get in an accident. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.
For example, drivers may notice someone trying to force them out of the way by riding close to their bumper, perhaps even honking the horn and flashing the lights. In such cases, drivers should neither slow down nor speed up, as they may accidentally block a passing lane and make the other driver angrier. They should signal for a turn and move over as soon as it’s safe. It’s always good to maintain personal space between other vehicles, as this could allow one to make a quick escape.
Another common situation is where drivers have a parking spot taken from them. They should let it go and give the other the benefit of the doubt. Under no circumstances should drivers give in to their road rage; they should instead think reasonably, knowing that anger does not help the situation, and listen to soothing music. Making eye contact with the other driver is never good. Other actions, such as honking the horn and making gestures, will only inflame the other driver.
When car crashes are caused by aggressive drivers, injured victims might want to retain a lawyer and see if they have the grounds for filing an injury claim. The lawyer can use the results of the police investigation report and other evidence to establish negligence.