It isn’t uncommon to see someone acting aggressively while traveling on a Maryland highway. Drivers may act out because they don’t think that others can see them or that others are paying attention to their actions. Motorists may also act out because they are stressed, impaired or otherwise feel as if they have to call out others for their perceived transgressions.
Examples of road rage
Road rage can range from yelling at another driver, honking your car’s horn, or getting out of your vehicle to confront another person. You may also engage in road rage by intentionally slowing down or stopping in front of another car or truck to annoy or harass that person. Finally, running into a car or causing another vehicle to collide with another vehicle or object can be construed as road rage.
Dangers of road rage
Road rage can be dangerous whether you are the aggressor or the victim, as either party in an incident could be at risk of getting hurt or killed. For example, someone who makes a lane change to block your progress might accidentally cause a motor vehicle accident involving another car or truck while doing so. Passengers in either vehicle could be struck by a bullet or in a heated exchange.
If you are hurt in a road rage incident, you could be entitled to compensation for injuries or property damage. Any passengers in your car who were hurt by another person’s negligence may also be entitled to damages. Video footage, witness statements and other records may be evidence that you or someone else in your car were hurt because of another party’s reckless actions.