The importance of staying calm during a road rage accident

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If you’ve been involved in an accident that was caused by an aggressive driver, it’s important to stay calm. Even though your natural instinct is to be angry because of the damage caused to your vehicle.

Road rage accidents happen when a driver loses their temper and allows their emotions to fuel their driving rather than common sense.

Cursing, threats and dangerous driving are just a few examples of road rage.

A national study by the AAA Foundation found that more US drivers admit to having road rage compared to three years ago. Almost eight out of ten drivers admitted to feelings of road rage while driving.

As more people are admitting to experiencing road rage, there is a higher risk of drivers being involved in an accident because of another angry driver or because they’ve lost their own temper and caused a collision.

When you’re involved in a road rage accident, there are key reasons why you should stay calm rather than allow yourself to succumb to anger:

It won’t make the situation any better

Losing your temper with a road rage driver won’t improve the situation. The accident has happened, it won’t change anything. In most cases, drivers who lost their temper and caused an accident because of their reckless driving are apologetic and recognise they’ve made a mistake.

Road rage car accidents often happen out of the blue and are usually preventable but losing your temper after the accident won’t make it any better.

Remember, the accident wasn’t your fault

It’s important to remember the accident wasn’t your fault, it was the fault of the aggressive driver. Drivers who were responsible for causing an accident because of road rage can be prosecuted for reckless or aggressive driving.

For your own safety

It’s especially important to remain calm after being involved in an accident to avoid putting yourself into any danger. If the aggressive driver is harassing you or trying to start an argument after the accident, it’s critical you don’t get drawn into an altercation for your own safety.

If the driver is carrying a concealed weapon, you or another person will be at risk of enduring a serious or fatal injury. Contact the police if the driver starts harassing or threatening you.

Getting all the relevant information for your claim is easier when you’re calm

One of the most important reasons for staying calm is so you can get the relevant information you need from the driver.

There are key pieces of information you need to get from them (like their contact information, ID, etc) before you speak to your insurers or your personal injury lawyer. Being irate or offensive towards the other party will make this process much more difficult and you may end up missing out on collecting vital pieces of information for your claim.

Contact a successful personal injury lawyer to handle your case

Accidents involving road rage differ from ordinary car accidents, because it can be considered a criminal case depending on what happened. Having a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side will help you avoid complications and win the compensation you deserve.

Our personal injury attorneys at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, are experienced with road rage auto accidents. We have won high value compensation cases for our clients and we’re here to help you win your case.

Complete our accident form to talk to our attorneys

Give us all the facts about your road rage accident by filling out our car accident claim form. Once we’ve received it, one of our attorneys will look at your claim and give you a call to discuss your case:

 
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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