Road rage is very common in California and in other parts of the country. However, there may be ways to avoid drivers who are experiencing road rage and diffuse the situation before it leads to disaster.
Signs of anger and aggression can often make the situation worse. When cut off in traffic, drivers should avoid making angry gestures and honking their horn unnecessarily. Avoiding eye contact and remaining calm may also help diffuse the situation.
Drivers should also avoid slowing down or speeding up if they are being followed closely by an aggressive driver. Instead, they should change lanes so that the aggressive driver can pass. Slowing down to discourage a person experiencing road rage from following too closely may only make the tailgating driver angrier and could even lead to a serious accident. It is also a good idea for drivers to leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the others on the road. Pulling over and calling 911 or a state's aggressive driving hotline is also an option if the aggressive driver is making others feel unsafe.
Road rage is a common cause of serious accidents, along with texting while driving. Car accident victims who have been in an accident should immediately report it and get as much information as they can from the driver who was at fault. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help car accident victims who were injured as a result of another driver's negligence even if the driver left the scene. Many insurance policies carry medical coverage or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to cover damages in case of an accident where the at-fault driver was driving without liability insurance or cannot be located.