Road rage puts motorists throughout Washington D.C. and surrounding areas at risk of serious injuries, either due to increased risk of an auto accident or because of the risk of violence. Drivers have a responsibility not to give in to road rage and to act out by becoming violent or by beginning to drive more aggressively than is safe. Motorists can also take steps to try to avoid triggering road rage in others.
A personal injury lawyer knows that the more crowded the roads get, the greater the risk that a road rage incident will occur. With warm weather approaching and more people traveling on the roads during spring and summer, it is more important than ever to try to prevent road rage incidents.
Preventing Road Rage
Drivers can do their part in two ways to prevent incidents of road rage. One thing that drivers can do is avoid giving in to their own feelings of anger. WebMD provides some suggestions for drivers to keep their temper under control when on the roads.
For example, motorists are advised that they should try to feel empathy and understanding for other drivers that are making them feel upset. Drivers should also try listening to calming music, deep breathing and leaving earlier so they will not have the added stress of trying to rush to get somewhere on time.
The other thing that drivers can do is to try to avoid triggering other people to feel angry. CNBC recently reported on some of the behaviors that are most likely to lead to road rage. These can include drivers talking on cell phones, which 69 percent of motorists listed as the number one reason they feel anger on the roads. Drivers can also avoid tailgating or trailing too closely behind the vehicle in front of them. A total of 60 percent of motorists indicated that tailgating was a road rage trigger. Other behaviors that are among the top five causes of road rage include drivers who go too slow, drivers who don't stay in their own lane, and drivers who multitask when behind the wheel.
If motorists make a commitment not to do these behaviors, they can not only help keep people from getting angry- but they can also drop their overall collision risk since many of these behaviors are very dangerous even under the best of circumstances.
Road rage can have lifelong consequences if a motorist acts on it. Just recently, for example, People Magazine reported on a young driver who allegedly killed a mother of four as a direct result of an incident arising from road rage. CNN also reported on drivers in New Zealand who had formed a vigilante group to take the keys from tourists who they felt were driving in unsafe ways on local roads.
If everyone does their part to stay calm, drive safely and be respectful of other motorists on the road, hopefully incidents like these can be reduced or stopped altogether.
Accident lawyers in Washington, D.C. can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com.