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Road Rage: When Anger Leads To Injury On The Road

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Road rage is a growing safety problem. Our lives are hectic. Many people carry their anger and frustration onto the road. Aggressive and angry driving lead to many needless personal injuries and deaths on Alabama roads and highways. We all have a duty to drive safely. We all must care for the safety of those drivers around us. Together, we can prevent accidents and personal injury.

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Road Rage: When Anger Leads To Injury On The Road

  1. 1. Road Rage W H E N A N G E R L E A D S T O I N J U R Y O N T H E R O A D 2020 Blackwell Law Firm
  2. 2. WE ALL SHARE THE HIGHWAY SAFETY IS A COMMUNITY ISSUE 2020 Blackwell Law Firm
  3. 3. Too often, people allow their frustrations and distractions to turn into anger or aggression on our roads.
  4. 4. SOME TROUBLING STATISTICS ACCORDING TO A 2016 STUDY --- • 51% of drivers tailgate on purpose. That's 104 million Americans riding another car's bumper. Isn't that a tremendous safety risk? • 47% of those polled yell at other drivers. That's 95 million hollering hot heads behind the wheel. Can you show some patience? • 45% of drivers honk in anger or annoyance, which means 91 million drivers lay on their horns. Does it really help? • 33% or 67 million drivers gesture obscenely. Is it really necessary for other drivers to see that (and probably their kids too)? 2020 Blackwell Law Firm
  5. 5. THE AGGRESSOR Allows his anger to endanger others on our roadways. THE VICTIM A loved one traveling to work, school or a social activity. 2020 Blackwell Law Firm
  6. 6. What simple acts by others cause road rage in already stressed, upset or impatient drivers?
  7. 7. HORNS AND LIGHTS A Few Causes Of Road Rage -- WRECK DELAYS CONSTRUCTION DELAYS TRAFFIC JAMS GESTURES BY OTHERS SLOW DRIVERS LOUD MUSIC ERRATIC DRIVERS 2020 Blackwell Law Firm
  8. 8. WHAT ABOUT ALABAMA? A 2016 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration study has Alabama in Top Ten states for road rage deaths. Top Ten State For Road Rage In 2019 Alabama passed a law requiring drivers to stay in the right lane on Interstates unless passing another vehicle. Alabama Enacts Left Lane Law Recent 2020 headlines describe multiple shootings and stabbings from road rage incidents across the state. Local Headlines Describe Highway Anger
  9. 9. 2006 Only 80 fatal crashes tied to road rage 2015 Over 460 fatal crashes tied to road rage A GROWING PROBLEM:
  10. 10. What Are The Types Of Road Rage?
  11. 11. ENTITLED DRIVERS THESE DRIVERS BELIEVE THEY HAVE SPECIAL HIGHWAY PRIVILEGES. AND, THEY SHOW IT.
  12. 12. PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS CONTROL. THESE DRIVERS AVOID DIRECT CONFRONTATION BUT USE THEIR CONTROL OF THE ROAD TO ACT NEGATIVELY.
  13. 13. SCREAMING DRIVERS HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANOHER DRIVER SCREAMING OR GESTURING? WE ALL HAVE.
  14. 14. COMPETITIVE DRIVERS EVERYTHING IS A COMPETITION! THESE DRIVERS WANT TO WIN.
  15. 15. FIGHTING DRIVERS THESE ARE THE DRIVERS WHO PHYSICALLY ATTACK OR CONTROL OTHERS.
  16. 16. ANGER IS NEVER WITHOUT A REASON, BUT SELDOM WITH A GOOD ONE. --- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
  17. 17. PLAN AHEAD How Can Drivers Avoid Road Rage Events? BE POLITE CALM YOURSELF LET IT GO DON'T ENGAGE DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY DON'T RETURN HOME (IF FOLLOWED) PRACTICE PATIENCE
  18. 18. ALABAMA INJURY LAWYER BLOG FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEARCH OUR BLOG FOR ROAD RAGE ARTICLES:
  19. 19. BLACKWELL LAW FIRM ALABAMA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS 120 Holmes Ave NE #401 Huntsville, Alabama 35801 (256) 261-1315 www.blackwell-attorneys.com

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