It’s been nearly four months since an off-duty NYPD officer shot another man in the midst of a road rage dispute. The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge and faces criminal charges. However, the event still sparks questions about how people should handle road rage, and whether more people are susceptible to being violent while behind the wheel.
Indeed, New York City traffic is legendary, and drivers’ tempers don’t always make things easy. Nevertheless, drivers must keep their cool even though thousands of drivers tailgate, cut others off and drive aggressively. Yes, this can drive someone mad; especially when in a hurry. But New York City drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while driving.
With that said, there are a few things that drivers must pay attention to that could lead to road rage. This post will identify them.
Essentially, if you do any of these on a regular basis, chances are that you may be susceptible to road rage:
- Use obscene gestures or yell at other drivers
- Regularly try to beat red lights
- Live for using your car’s horn
- Regularly exceed the speed limit
- Drive while intoxicated (or buzzed)
Those who can attest to these attributes should be aware of the consequences of road rage; not only those who can be seriously injured, but also the financial liability that stems from road rage accidents.
If you have been injured in a road rage accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.