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All drivers can take steps to reduce road rage incidents

Virtually everyone in Kansas City, Missouri who has spent any time behind the wheel of a vehicle has at some point or another experienced how stressful the activity can be. While every driver has a different way of dealing with that stress, it sometimes takes a little time to come to terms with leaving one open to experiencing a bout of road rage. While in some cases road rage results only in hurt feelings before subsiding, other times it leads to something more serious such as a car accident.

As is the case with any car accident the severity of the outcome varies. While most incidents result in at least damage to the automobiles involved, others lead to serious injuries. In the very worst cases these injuries may be so serious as to result in death.

Fortunately there are things that all drivers can do to try to prevent a road rage accident. The first is to not participate in distracting behaviors while driving such as talking on one’s phone. The second is to make sure that one is using his or her turn signal correctly to indicate lane changes and turns. Next, drivers should make sure that they are not continuously driving with their high beam head lights on which might blind surrounding drivers. Also, drivers should take the time to check their surroundings before making a lane change so as to ensure that the movement will not cut another driver off.

Sometimes despite trying to be a considerate driver things nonetheless do happen that upset other drivers potentially causing them to feel road rage. In these situations it is best for all involved to try to neutralize the situation. Generally this is best accomplished by avoiding eye contact with the other driver and making an effort to follow the rules of the road.

When an injury inducing car accident does occur as a result of road rage, it is possible that an injured individual may be able to recover financial compensation. Those interested in exploring this option would likely find it beneficial to discuss the matter with a personal injury attorney.

Source:, “Aggressive Driving and Road Rage,” Oct. 30, 2013