Driving can be frustrating at times. The morning commute can be congested and driving home in the evening can be wrought with slow drivers and frustrating situations.
However, when you are behind the wheel, you must keep your emotions in check. Bouts of anger behind the wheel may result in aggressive driving and road rage, which can increase the possibility of an accident.
What’s the difference between aggressive driving and road rage?
Aggressive driving is defined as someone who disregards the well-being of others intentionally. This is done when they engage in unsafe driving practices.
One example is when someone is driving over the posted speed limit in heavy traffic. This may be considered aggressive driving since they may cut off other drivers or tailgate. Other examples include running red lights and not letting someone pass.
Road rage and aggressive driving are similar; however, road rage is more extreme and usually involves anger. For example, if someone is flipping off other drivers or swearing at them, it constitutes road rage. Additionally, it is also considered road rage if a driver intentionally hit another driver, sideswipes a vehicle, or runs someone off the road.
Your options if an aggressive driver hits you
If you are in an accident with an aggressive driver, it may make you angry. However, if you react this way, it will only escalate the situation. After being struck, get yourself and your vehicle to safety and seek medical attention if you are injured.
Many cases of aggressive driving involve negligence, which means that you may be able to file a claim against the at-fault party for compensation. It is best to learn about your legal rights and options.