As the driving population in Mesa grows, so the number of road rage accidents grows, as well. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported more than 5,615,000 accidents – a substantial number of which were estimated to be caused by road rage, aggressive driving and purposeful attempts to scare other drivers. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine whether other drivers are behaving aggressively until it is too late. Actions such as tailgating, weaving through traffic, cutting off other drivers, braking suddenly, and passing on the right before cutting off other drivers too closely are all typical road rage behaviors. If you are the victim of a road rage accident, there are three measures from the Mesa accident attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience PLC you should take in order to keep yourself safe.
First, and foremost, the most critical action is to make sure you and your passengers are not injured. If so, seek immediate medical attention before following the three steps below.
Call the Police: During or after an engagement with an emotionally aggravated driver, the best thing to do is to call the police. If you ever feel threatened by the other driver after the accident occurs, keep the police on the line and stay in your car. Never confront an aggressive and irritated driver.
Document the Crash: Drivers with road rage are notorious for hit and run accidents. This makes it very important to attempt to record or take pictures of the incident and license plates with a cell phone or camera. If recording the incident is not an option, try to document as much information as you can immediately after the crash occurs.
Seek an accident attorney: After law enforcement and medical personnel arrive and the damage to the vehicle has been assessed, it is important to get in contact with a personal injury lawyer. You can count on our experienced lawyers at SGP Law to fight for the settlement you deserve.
The Mesa accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience PLC represent road rage car accident victims throughout the Phoenix Valley and will take the right steps to ensure you receive the fairest compensation for your accident. Contact us for your free consultation.