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Why drivers snap on the road?

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Anyone who spends time on the road knows that keeping safe from road rage drivers is a frequent challenge. Road rage involves operating a motor vehicle in a threatening or violent manner that can lead to accidents, injuries and even fatalities.

If you are a regular New Jersey motorist, understanding how road rage manifests and its legal implications can be crucial for your safety.

Causes of road rage

Several factors contribute to road rage, including:

  • Traffic congestion: Heavy traffic can cause frustration and impatience.
  • Distracted driving: Slow reaction times and aggravating other drivers can stem from texting and talking on the phone without proper attention.
  • Discourteous behavior: Cutting someone off, tailgating or making rude gestures can quickly escalate a situation.
  • Aggressive driving personalities: Some drivers have a general tendency towards aggressive behavior behind the wheel.

New Jersey takes road rage seriously. Penalties can include fines, license suspension and jail time, depending on the severity the incident and whether injuries were incurred. Severe incidents can even result in harsher punishments.

Your rights after a road rage incident

If you encounter a road rage situation, do not engage. Avoid eye contact, gestures or responding to verbal abuse as much as possible. Give yourself more time to react if the driver makes a sudden move. If possible, move to a safe location and report the incident to the police.

If injured in an accident caused by road rage, you may receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. Acting promptly is key, and an experienced personal injury lawyer can help secure maximum financial compensation for you. You should not have to suffer financially because of another driver’s recklessness.