Sadly, injuries caused by aggressive drivers are not unusual in the Chicago area or across Illinois. Road rage leads to thousands of fatalities and many more injuries each year. This dangerous behavior poses a serious threat to the safety of all road users. If you have been injured in an accident with an aggressive driver or a driver exhibiting signs of road rage, you may be entitled to compensation for your property damage and related losses.
Road rage is a frightening thing to witness, and it is even more terrifying to be hit or otherwise harmed by an aggressive driver. Aggressive drivers need to be held accountable for the harm they inflict. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our car accident lawyers have assisted a number of aggressive driving accident victims. We zealously fight to see that our injured clients obtain the compensation they deserve from the at-fault driver that inflicted their injuries.
What is Road Rage?
Road rage and aggressive driving are often lumped together, but the two behaviors are distinct. Road rage is a criminal and civil offense that occurs when the driver of a motor vehicle assaults another driver or passenger. Road rage can occur when vehicles are moving, but can also happen after a car accident or another driving incident. Road rage while driving may encompass intentionally hitting another driver or unintentionally hitting a car while experiencing a rage episode as well as running another vehicle off the road. Another common scenario occurs after a car accident when the enraged driver physically injures or threatens the other driver or passengers involved in the crash.
Who Commits Road Rage?
Nearly any driver could potentially experience road rage, but it happens most often in younger drivers. Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or have a history of violence are more likely to become enraged.
What To Do If You Encounter a Road Rage Driver
If you are driving and observe another driver behaving in an aggressive manner, follow these recommendations:
- • Do not confront or challenge the driver: It can be difficult to ignore the angry gestures or behaviors of another driver, but it is best to avoid eye contact with the enraged driver. Do not retaliate or become aggressive in response. Keep your cool and refrain from any confrontation.
- • Steer clear: If you are driving near the aggressive driver, get as far out of the way as possible, when it is safe to do so. If you are away from the driver, you will be less at risk of an aggressive driving car accident.
- • Call 911: If an aggressive driver is threatening your safety or if you have been in an accident and believe the other driver may harm you, call 911 right away. An officer will be dispatched to assist you.
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Road rage is one of the most dangerous threats to driver and passenger safety on roadways across Illinois. If you have been injured by a driver exhibiting signs of road rage, contact the Chicago Car Accident Lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Our compassionate firm believes that every client should be treated like our only client. We vigorously strive to see that each of our injured clients recover the full amount to which they are entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at (312) 422-0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.