Road rage is a major issue across the country and often lead to many types of accidents, some of which are severe and result in terrible injuries, or even death. If you were injured by another driver on the road who was acting aggressively and recklessly, ultimately causing an accident, you have a right to pursue compensation for your medical bills and any wage losses you might suffer as a result of your injuries.
What Is Road Rage?
Accidents caused by road rage are unlike those caused by negligence. A driver exhibiting road rage intentionally puts you in danger through his or her actions. Examples of road rage include:
- A driver intentionally hit your vehicle with his or her own vehicle
- A driver intentionally drove you off the road
- A driver aggressively tailgated you
Road rage is a much more common occurrence than you might think. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), a survey they conducted revealed that 90% of drivers claimed to have either been the victim of a road rage incident or have witnessed a road rage incident.
What Should You Do?
You cannot control another driver’s behavior, but if you do see an aggressive driver on the road, back off to avoid an accident. If you act aggressively in kind, it will only further incite him or her, which could put you in danger. Remain calm and, if you feel the driver is a danger to others, contact the police to report him or her.
It is also important to be aware of your own driving and to not engage in any aggressive tactics that might offend other drivers on the road or cause an accident. Avoid excessively using your horn, flashing your headlights, quickly and frequently changing lanes, or making obscene or angry gestures at other drivers.
New Orleans Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are overwhelming and traumatic events, especially when they result in serious injuries. If you were injured in a road rage accident, it is crucial to contact a skilled Louisiana personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Cossé Law Firm, our legal team can represent your rights, both in and out of the courtroom. We can effectively handle all legal aspects in a car accident case, so you can focus on healing and resuming your normal life.
Contact our office today at (504) 265-1600 to schedule a free consultation.