Georgia Accident Attorneys Urge Caution When A Driver Shows Signs of Road Rage
Anyone who has driven a vehicle in traffic has encountered road rage at some point. The driver who is in the throes of road rage is scary. The behavior they exhibit might not be an accurate reflection of their character or personality when they appear calm. However, psychologists would argue otherwise. Road rage can be an indicator of a more profound psychological problem that manifests itself in when the driver's anger level rises while driving. Other factors contribute to someone becoming so enraged while driving that they will commit acts that not only alter their lives irrevocably but the lives of innocent victims as well.
At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we stand steadfastly by the victims of road rage and their families. Their suffering is senseless. That is why our Atlanta road rage accident lawyers seek to achieve justice for our clients whose lives have been changed forever because someone drove angrily. When litigating road rage accident claims, in the appropriate cases,, we look deep into the background of the offender to ascertain the mental and emotional state of the driver so that we can wholly and accurately portray the circumstances of the incident.
We have handled numerous Georgia road rage wreck cases, and we have experienced the devastation road rage incidents cause on innocent victims. The suffering of those unfortunate people who were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time and their loved ones inspires us to use all of our training, experience, skill, and resources to hold the offenders responsible for their actions.
Road Rage State of Mind
Psychologists have investigated the causes of road rage. Learning what triggers road rage can help educate people how to avoid becoming so enraged that they commit criminal acts. Additionally, it is crucial for others sharing the road with these potential angry drivers to learn how to recognize possible triggers and take it upon themselves to de-escalate or avoid the situation before they become a victim themselves.
Psychologists determined that several causes might trigger a road rage incident. The reasons are firmly rooted in the state of mind of the aggressor. Possible contributing conditions to road rage are:
- taking aggressions out on another without fear of being identified (at least initially),
- overflowing testosterone or estrogen (women are less likely to engage in aggressive driving behaviors, but experience shows that women can experience road rage),
- a complete disregard for the potential consequences of the driver's actions,
- claiming one's territory much in the same manner that a dog marks its territory, and
- allowing primal instincts to overtake rational thought.
The notions are stupid, senseless, egotistical, narcissistic, and rude to put it mildly. Yet,day after day in cities and towns across Georgia and the U.S. drivers who feel slighted by another driver's minuscule operating transgression feel compelled to "teach someone a lesson." That lesson could be not allowing a person to merge safely, forcing someone off of the road, tailgating, not allowing another person to pass, jacking on their brakes, speeding up, inappropriate hand gestures , or playing "chicken."
The road rage problem seems to increase as people engage in dangerous behaviors and drive like they own the road. Unlawfully using a cell phone, driving slow in the high-speed lane, not using a turn signal, or cutting someone off can trigger a fierce and uncontrolled reaction in the person who feels as a victim. Drivers must pay attention to their actions and make sure that they do not contribute to the problem of aggressive driving by driving according to the rule of the road. It is not too much to ask.
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