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.