As a licensed driver in Texas, you are legally obligated to adhere to all traffic and safety laws. In fact, the same goes for all other motorists with whom you share the road. The problem is that the only person’s behavior you can control is your own. You have no way of knowing what another driver is thinking or planning to do. Whether you’re able to swiftly and safely react if a problem arises depends on many factors.
Road rage is problematic in this state and across the country. Analysts have many ideas regarding why there has been an increase in road rage incidents in recent years. A lot of people have anger issues; in fact, some take medication to help them deal with it. When you’re traveling, you’re at great risk for injury if a nearby motorist becomes enraged at the wheel.
Improve travel safety by recognizing signs of trouble
Is there anything you can do to avoid a collision? The answer depends on your exact circumstances at the time. The following list includes signs that a driver might be experiencing road rage, which warrants trying to distance yourself from his or her vehicle if possible:
- Enraged drives often shout profanity at others or rudely gesture by sticking up their middle finger or making other signs of suggested crudeness.
- Road rage often occurs when people are late for work or otherwise in a hurry. Driving at excessive speed is often a sign that this is the case.
- Is the driver behind you following way too closely? Tailgating is unacceptable driving behavior and often a sign of road rage.
- Drivers who flash lights as a sign of anger or honk their horns often wind up causing collisions because of road rage.
- If you stop at a red light and the driver in the car next to you is glaring or leering in your direction, proceed with caution. He or she may be enraged.
- If the driver in front of you brakes suddenly, he or she may be showing signs of confrontation and aggressive driving behavior.
Road rage collisions often occur so suddenly that the not-at-fault driver had no time to react to avert the incident. If that driver was you and you wound up in the hospital with injuries because another motorist was angry, you can count yourself among thousands of others in Texas and beyond who have fallen victim to road rage.
Recovering from a road rage collision
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you might lose time off work or need specialized care during recovery. In fact, some injuries are so serious that those afflicted are never able to return to the workplace. You shouldn’t be burdened with medical bills and other accident-related expenses when another driver’s anger caused your injuries.
State law allows recovering accident victims to seek compensation for damages by filing claims against those whose recklessness caused the collisions that resulted in their injuries.