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The danger increases when aggressive driving turns into road rage

Most of us have had our emotions tested while driving. It can be very frustrating when we are cut off or tailgated by another motorist. At such times, we have to take a deep breath and do our best to deal with the situation.

Unfortunately, there are drivers whose aggressive behavior pose a genuine danger to others on the road. Moreover, there are instances, known as "road rage," which occur when motorists are not merely driving aggressively but are directing malicious intent toward specific drivers.

An aggressive driver may engage in behaviors such as not signaling when making lane changes, running through red lights and speeding. Road raging drivers may resort to more extreme acts. Forcing others off the road, making rude gestures, screaming and even waving or shooting firearms are examples of road rage behaviors.

If you should encounter an aggressive driver, you should do what you can do to avoid escalating the situation. You want to maintain your composure. You should avoid making eye contact and refrain from exhibiting hostility toward the other driver. Remember to emphasize safety for you and your passengers and don't be afraid to call 911 if necessary.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates aggressive driving is involved in almost a third of automobile crashes and two-thirds of motor vehicle-related deaths. Aggressive drivers who cause accidents should be held accountable.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of aggressive driving or road rage, a Montana personal injury attorney may be able to help you get appropriate compensation. An attorney can act on your behalf in pursuing compensation by representing your interests with insurance companies or by helping file a civil suit against the negligent party.

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