Road ragers are everywhere. You might pass one on the way to work or while driving to school. These individuals display “uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in an aggressive or violent manner.” Not only do road ragers contribute to creating an unsafe environment for all drivers, but they also are responsible for many of the car collisions that occur.
If you were involved in a wreck with someone who was displaying signs of road rage and you’d like a legal expert to assist with your case as you feel a little uneasy trying to recover compensation from their insurer on your own, contact Pappas & Russell to speak with one of our Daytona Beach, FL car accident attorneys today.
Aggressive drivers pose as a danger to the community so avoid fueling the fire when you encounter one.
Some of the encounters people have with road ragers often involve an exchange of words or a few inappropriate hand gestures, and that’s it. Both might become frustrated or angry but don’t allow their feelings to get the best of them. Unfortunately, a large portion of the encounters that involve road ragers escalate into something much more serious. You see, when a motorist becomes angry while driving, whether it is because traffic has slowed or another driver merged in front of them at the last minute, they aren’t thinking of the individual driving the car as a person, but rather, they view them as a thing, says Barry Markell, Ph.D. [Source: WebMD].
According to Markell, who is a psychotherapist in Park Ridge, IL, “road ragers don’t see the offender as a person. They “thingify” the person.” Ava Cadell, Ph.D., who is a psychologist says that “the heavy metal of a car is a safe haven. Road ragers don’t think about the consequences or even about other people on the road as real people with real families.” Simply put, these drivers only see the vehicle when they become angry rather than consider who the person is that is traveling inside of it. It could be an expecting mother who is seven months pregnant or a father who is rushing home to his sick child. It could be a grandmother who has trouble driving or a mom heading to her child’s to school to pick him or her up. Because of the disregard road ragers have for humanity, they often don’t think before they act.
Man Found Dead After Apparent Road Rage Incident
On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office was assigned to investigate a deadly shooting that occurred after what officials believe was a road rage incident [Source: Chron]. Apparently, 32-year-old Aaron Thomas Miller was gunned down after allegedly approaching another driver. Police believe the other driver shot Miller during the altercation and was left dead in the middle of the street lying next to his black pickup truck.
Road Rager Breaks Pregnant Woman’s Jaw After an Altercation on the Road
As Niesha Woods was backing out of her parking space at her sister’s apartment complex, she nearly hit Fareed Hashim who was riding his motorcycle. CBS DFW 21 reported that Hashim grew angry and “pulled into her lane yelling, swearing, and [even] threw an object her.” When Woods got out of her vehicle to inspect it for damage, that is when Hashim allegedly got off his bike and confronted the expecting mother who was five months pregnant. Despite her being pregnant, Woods claims Hashim spit in her face and assaulted her.
When police arrived at the scene, Woods alleged that the responding officers humiliated the soon-to-be-mom and even made her sit on the hot concrete while they investigated. Woods was then issued a ticket and taken to the hospital. She suffered a broken jaw
What to do when you encounter someone who displays signs of road rage?
The key to avoiding an accident with a road rager is to simply ignore their aggressive behavior and continue on with your day. As difficult as it might be to do this, road rage incidents don’t always end with both drivers alive or injury-free. Therefore, if you encounter someone displaying signs of road rage, it is best you get out of their way and refrain from doing anything that might provoke them more. Markell also recommends that:
- If you are being tailgated, change lanes to get away from the driver.
- If someone is eager to pass you, slow down and allow them to pass.
- You don’t return gestures with an aggressive driver
- Stay behind an angry driver.
- If you find it necessary to avoid confrontation, pull off the road or take an exit to get away from the driver.
- You don’t make eye contact with the angry motorist.
In the event you suffered injuries or property damage in a road rage incident that occurred in Daytona Beach, FL and you would like help recognizing the driver whose aggressive behavior contributed to causing the crash, contact Pappas & Russell today to speak with one of our respected car accident lawyers. We can help you recover the compensation you are due for all the damages you and your loved ones may have suffered.
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