A report released by AAA Exchange addresses the different types of road rage behavior that drivers may encounter in Texas. These are behaviors that can cause dangerous conditions for other drivers. When people lose their tempers behind the wheel, they may verbalize their anger, lash out physically while behind the wheel, intentionally attempt to annoy others on the road or engage in dangerous maneuvers with their vehicles. Each of these behaviors has the potential to lead to a car accident in Texas.
A driver making physical movements behind the wheel can cause them to lose control of the vehicle. Verbalizing anger while driving can exacerbate the rage the driver is feeling. Feelings of anger can be triggered by many different factors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some common triggers are traffic congestion, lack of time, self-centeredness and the anonymity afforded by being in a car.
Aggravation can be initiated by the feeling of wasting time stuck in traffic. This can be compounded if the driver is trying to get somewhere by a certain time and has not allowed enough time to get there. Drivers who are affected by road rage are more likely to be self-centered and lack empathy for other drivers. Anonymity can make a driver feel isolated and separate. While none of these factors constitutes an excuse for road rage, they do provide a list of things to watch out for as a driver.
People who are injured in car accidents with aggressive drivers may have claims for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses or other damages. An attorney who practices personal injury law may be able to help by reviewing the facts of the case and gathering evidence to prepare for trial. An attorney might depose fact witnesses or expert witnesses. The attorney might also negotiate a settlement or draft and file a complaint for relief.