When we get angry at other drivers, we have a tendency to do reckless things and behave erratically.
Unfortunately, we all have seen this happen more frequently than we would like to admit.
Whether a fellow driver cut us off, refuses to allow us to merge onto a highway, or simply refuses to drive more than five miles under the speed limit, we get angry.
No matter how we choose to define it, road rage usually involves becoming so angry about a certain incident on the road that it leads the driver to overreact and retaliate with some type of violent, aggressive, or improper behavior.
Legal Problems With Road Rage
Getting angry can be much more costly than we might think.
Aside from receiving a New York traffic ticket for any of these offenses, there is a high likelihood of getting into a car accident.
The last thing you want is a suspension of your driving privileges, points on your license, an increase in your car insurance, and a steep fine simply because you flew off the handle.
Criminal Ramifications of Road Rage
Remember, you can actually face criminal charges depending on the seriousness and severity of your reaction.
As roads are becoming more congested, road rage appears to be on the rise.
Not too long ago, a woman and her boyfriend were involved in a car chase with an apparently enraged man.
The man chased the couple along a curvy mountain road. He was so mad that he stopped his truck next to theirs and shot the boyfriend.
Granted, most road rage stories do not end in a homicide. However, many times they involve assaults and result in car wrecks.
In such a situation, a person will face criminal assault charges along with potential traffic-related offenses like speeding, careless driving, and reckless driving.
Avoid Angry Drivers
We never truly know the mental state of the drivers on the road or their anger levels.
Consequently, we are much better off not engaging them in any potentially inflammatory way.
The following is a list of a few safety tips to help you avoid becoming the victim of road rage:
- Never forget that you do not know the other drivers on the road and what they are capable of
- Keep all your car doors locked and windows closed (at least partially)
- Avoid provoking other drivers
- Do not make eye contact that could enrage others, rude gestures, or flash your lights
- Do not get out of your car and approach the other driver
- If you think you are being following, call the police and drive to the nearest police station or crowded public place
- Avoid driving very close to the car in front of you (i.e. “tailgating”)
Who Should You Contact?
If you got road rage and received a NY traffic ticket or were charged with a crime as a result of your actions, contact Rosenblum Law today. We will fight for your rights; negotiate with the prosecutor; and do all we can to help you avoid a conviction, suspension, points, and the negative fallout associated with road rage related offenses. E-mail or call us today at 888-883-5529.