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Avoiding Missouri Road Rage Accidents

Road rage is defined extreme aggressive driving behavior with the intent of causing harm to others on the road.  Last week, a young man was shot in the leg after a road-rage incident in Independence, Missouri.  The victim was in the back seat of a vehicle that had cut off the angry driver. That driver shot five rounds into the car which also contained a child passenger.  Fortunately, no one was killed.
 
Signs of Road Rage:
  • Tailgating
  • Flashing lights
  • Obscene gestures
  • Speeding
  • Obstructing another vehicle
  • Threats
  • Hitting a car
  • Using or brandishing some type of weapon
  • Using one's vehicle as a weapon
 
The Independence road rage accident is an example of how anger at another driver's carelessness or lack of consideration can spiral out of control.  We all get annoyed when a driver cuts us off, tailgates, or honks impatiently.  Imagine this behavior when you are stuck in heavy traffic after a stressful day.  It is easy to lose your cool.
 
Causes of Road Rage
 
The following are among the most common reasons given for violent road rage disputes:
  • Arguments over parking space
  • A driver cuts another driver off
  • Not allowing a driver to pass
  • Hitting another driver's vehicle
  • Obscene gestures
  • Playing the radio too loud
  • Excessive honking
  • Driving too slowly
  • Driving with high beams
  • Tailgating
  • Hit-and-run drivers
  • Inappropriate braking
  • Changing lanes without signalling
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Failing to drive when the light turns green
  • Disputes over right of way
  • Blocking traffic
  • Car alarms
  • Interpreting a driver's expression or gestures as disrespectful
 
Road rage can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, or nationality. This is why it is important to be a considerate driver and practice defensive driving.  Driving is stressful, but remember you cannot assess another driver's stress level or motivation for reckless behavior. Your life may depend on staying calm.
 
More tips:
  • Avoid provoking other drivers by honking, making eye contact, rude gestures, or flashing your lights
  • Avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, cutting off drivers and excessive passing.
  • Never get out of your car to confront an angry driver
  • Keep your car doors locked and windows closed
  • If a driver is threatening you, drive to the nearest police station or a crowded, public place. Call 911.
 
If you have been injured in a Missouri road rage accident, you will need an experienced Kansas City auto accident attorney to protect your claim.  If the other driver perceived your driving behavior as reckless, the insurance company might find you partially at fault for the accident.  Don't get blamed for injuries that are not your fault; contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616.
 
Learn more about protecting your Missouri accident claim; download our free guide: "10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim."
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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