How Does Road Rage Lead to Car Accidents in California?

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It’s no secret that driving can be stressful due to various obstacles, such as traffic jams, poorly maintained roads, and aggressive drivers. Unfortunately, some drivers don’t handle this stress well; they take it out on other drivers once it builds up. Road rage incidents can be hazardous and increase the likelihood of a collision. If you’ve been injured in a road rage accident, it’s in your best interest to enlist the help of our determined Santa Clara County Car Accident Attorneys, who can help you hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. Please continue reading to learn how road rage can lead to car accidents in California.

What is Road Rage?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), road rage is a form of aggressive driving in which a driver operates a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers other people or property. Road rage is a dangerous behavior that poses a significant threat to the safety of others. Some examples of road rage that manifests into aggressive driving include:

  • Yelling, shouting, cursing, or expressing obscene remarks
  • Repeated honking or flashing high beams
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Lane blocking
  • Lane weaving and changing lanes without signaling
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Running red lights or ignoring traffic signs
  • Passing where prohibited (shoulder of the road and safety zones)
  • Exiting the vehicle to start a confrontation
  • Intentionally bumping or hitting another vehicle

Essentially, any unsafe maneuvering behind the wheel can be considered aggressive or, in some cases, reckless driving.

How Can it Lead to Car Accidents in California?

Impulsive and unsafe driving behaviors often accompany instances of road rage. Many drivers who let their emotions get the best of them make erratic decisions, such as shouting and expressing obscene remarks to other drivers to let their anger be known. However, verbal or physical intimidation can cause the driver to become distracted, thereby increasing the risks of an accident.

In addition, when drivers get frustrated, they sometimes resort to tailgating other vehicles. This means they follow the driver in front of them too closely. By doing this, they minimize their reaction time to potential roadway hazards. As a result, the likelihood of a rear-end collision increases. Maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you is essential to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. Furthermore, when drivers intentionally pass, bump, or collide with another driver, it can cause them to swerve off the road.

As you can see, road rage plays a significant role in causing collisions. If you’re a victim of a road rage accident, please don’t hesitate to contact a compassionate attorney from the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady, who can help you fight for the justice you deserve.