It’s no surprise to anyone who has driven in Southern California that the term “road rage” was coined by a Los Angeles news team to describe the level of aggravation many drivers feel after sitting in traffic on the 10, 405 or 101 freeways. Unfortunately for motorcyclists, riders are often the victims of such rage.
What is road rage?
Road rage is the aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other road vehicle. The behavior might include rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner, or making threats. In some instances, it also involves a driver actually taking out his or her rage by deliberating causing an accident, such as by forcing a motorcyclist off the road or into incoming traffic. If you or a loved one has been the victim of this type of aggressive and unsafe driving, speak with an experienced accident attorney about your legal rights.
How do I manage road rage?
Managing your emotions while driving in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley is a must. While you cannot control another person’s driving, you can control your reaction to it. For example, when a driver cuts you off, whether accidentally or deliberately, your reaction is key, as it will determine what happens next. This is especially important for motorcyclists, who are not protected by several tons of steel like other drivers, and need to take extra precaution when riding in rush hour and/or near angry drivers.
Common road rage injuries motorcyclists suffer
As we explained earlier, motorcyclists are especially prone to the rage suffered by drivers. Just one little swerve of their vehicle and a motorcyclist could be thrown from his bike and onto the road. Common injuries suffered by riders can include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
And more. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident and you are still attempting to recover from your injuries, speak to an accident attorney about your ability to recover financial compensation for your injuries. You may be able to recover your medical expenses, physical therapy, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, and more. Additionally, you will have the ability to hold the driver accountable for his / her actions.
For a free consultation if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact experienced accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.