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Road rage makes California driving dangerous

When you moved to California, you may have envisioned long rides along highways that provide scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps, you live near the beach. While such amenities may indeed be part of what you love about living in this state, like all states, it also has its downsides. For instance, traffic can quite stressful.

You may be a cautious and skilled driver. However, if the person in the vehicle next to you has a sudden bout of road rage, you and everyone else nearby are in great danger. It's helpful to be able to recognize signs of road rage although there might be little to nothing you can do to avoid a collision if an enraged driver is in your midst.

Keep stress levels low while driving

The calmer you are while driving, the safer you and your passengers will be. There are any number of issues that can arise during travel, however, to cause you stress. The following list provides helpful ways to avoid road rage:

  • Stay focused on safety as a priority concern. You don't only want yourself to arrive safely to your destination, you want all other travelers to be safe as well and would not want your negligence to cause another person injury.
  • If you notice another driver acting dangerously, it's best to create as much distance as possible between you. Try not to take aggressive behavior from another driver personally, which might tempt you to act with road rage, making matters worse.
  • You can't police other people who are driving, unless you are an on duty California police officer. Resist the urge to act out against someone who is rudely gesturing, shouting or otherwise acting aggressive at the wheel.

Traffic jams, being late for work or even personal issues, such as a spousal argument, can cause a driver to become enraged. If he or she is unable to control these emotions, everyone in the vicinity is at risk for collision and serious, if not fatal, injuries.

If an enraged driver hits you

Someone might cut you off or intentionally run into your vehicle because he or she is full of rage while driving. If a sudden collision occurs and you suffer injuries because of another driver's recklessness, you might suffer damages beyond physical injury. Such incidents often spark a serious financial crisis as well.

California law allows travelers who were victims of road rage to seek financial recovery for their losses by filing personal injury claims in civil court.

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