New Yorkers can be confrontational, especially behind the wheel. But sometimes, confrontation can go too far if it turns into road rage. When these motorists act on such violent impulses, it can put others in grave danger.
According to a recent report, The Empire State has already dealt with 11 road rage fatalities in 2020.
The difference between road rage and aggressive driving
According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Board, aggressive driving has to do more with speeding, tailgating or blocking another vehicle. While these behaviors are unwelcome by most motorists, it’s only considered a traffic offense.
Road rage, on the other hand, is a severe criminal offense. That’s because such actions towards other drivers could put their lives in danger. Some of those can include using a vehicle as a weapon or tracking drivers down and physically assaulting them.
Many times, road rage occurs because drivers are facing significant stress or hardship in their lives, which can sometimes cause them to act out.
How can I deescalate a road rage situation?
Depending on their circumstances, communicating with someone experiencing road rage can be risky. However, this is what some professionals suggest doing if the unfortunate occurs:
- Move to the right lane and decrease your speed.
- Apologetically wave and nod to the aggressive driver, but don’t make eye contact.
- Control your own temper.
What can victims of road rage do?
If you are a victim or witness road rage, make sure to call 911 and report the incident to local authorities. If you’ve sustained traumatic or life-threatening injuries, you might want to reach out to an attorney. They can help evaluate your claims, take your case to court and get you the compensation you deserve.