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How can road rage impact an accident?

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2022 | Personal Injury |

When a person follows another car around on the road and attempts to run them out of their lane, it may confuse any other drivers around them.

Shifting moods and sudden spikes of anger can greatly change how a person operates a vehicle. Noticing the signs of road rage and the problems it causes will help you even after an accident.

Increasing speed

According to NBC News, an angry driver may attempt to speed up and brake-check another car ahead of them. This action is often a way to shock or intimidate a person that the driver feels wronged them or cut them off in traffic.

Large vehicles and trucks may also roll over if the driver stops too suddenly and shifts the weight too much.

Ignoring proper following distance

When around another vehicle, drivers must leave a certain amount of distance between themselves and the other person. If an angry driver fails to do this and instead chooses to tailgate, any small error while steering or speeding up can lead to a crash.

This is even more devastating when the road is slippery or the angry driver chooses to cut across sidewalks or other inappropriate places.

Disregarding signs

When a red light or stop sign is in the way of a driver with road rage, the driver may choose to not obey it in order to catch up with another car. This can put everyone surrounding them in danger and could potentially lead to a crash.

Road rage can change the mindset of a driver and understanding that can help you after an accident.

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