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Dealing with aggressive drivers and road rage

In West Virginia and across the U.S., dealing with aggressive drivers on the road is a part of life for many people. Aggressive drivers will ride another person's bumper, cut cars off, steal parking spots and more. To keep them from endangering anyone else, drivers should consider these tips.

When drivers are being bullied on the highway so that they will move over, they should neither slow down nor speed up as this can block a passing lane and aggravate the other driver even more. People should instead put on their right blinker to keep the driver from passing on the right and then turn when it's safe to do so.

The most important thing is for individuals to remain calm when behind the wheel. If people need to think about the negative physical effects of anger in order to calm down, then they should do so. Simply tightening one's grip on the steering wheel can lead to constricted blood flow and headaches. Other individuals may want to listen to soothing music or simply think reasonable thoughts. When a parking spot is stolen, people should give the other driver the benefit of the doubt and assume he or she didn't see them. Above all, drivers should not infuriate others on the road through hand gestures or eye contact.

Road rage can lead to a serious car accident, and if the instigator is caught, he or she may face criminal charges. What's important for the victim, however, is the ability to file a claim. A lawyer can evaluate the claim and estimate a fair settlement that includes compensatory and even punitive damages as a way to punish the responsible party. With the help of investigators, an attorney will build up proof for the case before negotiating with the insurance companies.

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