Motorists generally drive responsibly. However, there are some who express road rage toward bicyclists. Any accident lawyer can tell you, the reasons are very complex topic. However one common reason is: bicyclists are difficult to pass on narrow roads. This can cause an impatient motorist to vent their frustrations.
In urban areas, motorists resent bicyclists who flout the rules of the road that motorists must adhere to. Sometimes a bicyclist will respond to a honking horn with a rude gesture. One that angers the motorist who responds with an act of road rage. Motorists who encounter rudeness or disregard for traffic laws from several bicyclists may develop hostility towards bicyclists. Likewise, bicyclists experiencing road rage from motorists also carry around a good deal of anger.
What is clear from road rage interactions is that the pointless cycle of anger only leads to more anger. Neither the motorist nor the bicyclist is “taught a lesson” from the other. Expressing anger only leads to escalation. Enforcing the rules of the road is the job of the police.
Accident Lawyer | Dealing with Road Rage
How should a bicyclist respond to road rage from a motorist? If the driver honks his horn or makes gestures, you should avoid anything that will escalate the situation. Avoid eye contact and allow the motorist plenty of space. If the motorist throws objects, endangers you with his car, or threatens you, call the police immediately.
Rules that motorists must obey such as observing stop signs, stop lights, yield signs, and riding on the right side of the road apply to bicyclists as well. If you are moving slower than the flow of traffic, stay well to the right side of the road.
If you are injured by an aggressive driver a San Juan Capistrano injury attorney will help you get the compensation you are entitled to which includes medical, doctor, and physical therapist bills. You are also entitled to compensation for the damage to your bicycle and equipment, lost wages, disfigurement, disabilities, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.