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Road Rage

Road rage or aggressive driving senselessly costs people their lives. These fatalities are preventable. An understanding of how road rage begins, how it escalates, and how it turns to violence are essential to improving the safety on US roads. With that knowledge, drivers can focus on avoiding road rage situations, de-escalating them when they happen, and have an understanding of what to do after road rage incident occurs.

The Stages of Road Rage


  • Drivers gesture at one another

Vehicle Aggression

  • Honking, flashing lights, braking maliciously, tail-gaiting

Verbal Aggression

  • Drivers pull over, trade verbal jabs, or drive aggressively next to each other


  • Vehicles hit with objects, or used as weapons, guns or other weapons pulled

De-Escalation is the Key

Experts suggest the following to de-escalate road rage situations:

  • Wave an apologetic hand if a mistake is made
  • Simply drive away
  • Call law enforcement

The more a driver retaliates, the further the incident will go. The moment the driver decides to be the better person and drive away, that’s the moment they are saving themselves from damages, injuries, criminal charges, etc.

Aggressive Driving

A common question people have is, “When is it officially road rage?” The simple answer is, the moment a driver participates in aggressive driving. At this point, the driver has endangered himself, his passengers, and the general public and could face criminal charges. Examples of aggressive driving include:

  • Tail-gaiting
  • Braking maliciously
  • Speeding
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Running red lights
  • Following too close

This is of course not an exhaustive list. When drivers participate in aggressive driving, they put themselves at risk for criminal charges and escalate road rage situations. Personal property damages, personal injuries, and even death can occur, leaving the at-fault aggressive driver responsible.

Victims of Road Rage Accidents

Drivers who are injured in road rage incidents rightfully want fair compensation for their suffering. Legally, compensation depends first on who is responsible for the accident. It’s understood that road rage incidents are complicated matters. It’s possible the fault falls 50-50, 100-0, or anything in between. It can be exceptionally difficult to fight for fair compensation after a road rage accident

While law enforcement can determine what criminal charges the at-fault parties will face, the amount of compensation the victim receives largely is based on negotiation with the insurance companies. Compensation should come from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. The problem is that insurance companies are businesses and are motivated to save money by minimizing the amount of compensation.

This is where a personal injury attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates can help. Our attorneys have experience in road rage accidents and know how to use the details of each individual accident to help the injured victims receive the compensation they deserve, regardless of the pitfalls of the insurance companies.

There’s no reason to go this alone. If you or a loved one was injured in a road rage accident, help is just a call away. Contact the experienced road rage attorneys of Craig Swapp & Associates at 1-800-404-9000 or by filling out the online form at the bottom of the page.

Road Rage

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