Road Rage Accidents in New York City

According to December 2018 report by the New York City Police Department, there were 19,326 car accidents. While most collisions resulting in injury or death involved either distraction or driver inattention and traffic violations, a significant amount was caused by road rage or aggressive driving.

New York City is considered the Top 10 city in the world with the most aggressive and angriest motorists, based on a 2017 survey by German auto parts manufacturer kfzteile24. Esurance claims New York City has the worst drivers in the United States.

Road rage is often caused by aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding or tailgating. Other behaviors which indicate road rage or aggressive driving include excessively honking the horn, flashing high beams, shouting profanities or threats, using hand gestures, reckless driving, brandishing a weapon, or intentionally colliding with another vehicle.

Unfortunately, victims of road rage accidents sustain severe injuries, resulting in medical bills, lost earnings from missing work to recover, property damage, and emotional distress from the incident. In order to help alleviate the financial burden from the crash, victims may file a personal injury lawsuit to recover monetary damages to cover the accident-related expense.

However, before road rage accident occurs, you must always exercise care whenever you drive in New York City. While it is a challenging driving environment, remaining calm and safe is necessary to avoid a frightening incident.

Here are several steps NYC drivers should take to protect themselves from road rage each time they’re on the road:

  • Avoid aggressive drivers and infuriated motorists.
  • Don’t feed into their anger if you’re feeling annoyed by the situation since it will make things worse.
  • If a driver flips you off, don’t react to it.
  • Only honk your honk for defensive driving purposes such as when a motorist starts to merge into your lane without realizing you’re there.
  • If you recognize an aggressive driver, report them to law enforcement.

The following are some tips to help you avoid road rage and reacting aggressively on the road:

  • Expect that the motorists surrounding you will make mistakes or traffic will happen at some points of your commute, so you’ll be less angry when you’re driving.
  • If you are going through an emotional situation, such as losing a loved one or breaking things off with a significant other, do not drive until you can focus on the primary task of operating a vehicle safely.
  • Always be a consider driver, despite the chaos on New York City roads.

If you have been involved in a road rage accident, contact our New York City personal injury attorneys at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP and schedule a free consultation today.

Categories: Car Accidents