As a motorcyclist, you hope that everyone on the road around you is friendly and cautious. However, you know that this isn't always the case. You know that there are people out there who don't want to share the road with you for one reason or another.
Since you have the right to be on the road, you shouldn't shy away from jumping on your bike. What you should do, however, is become familiar with how to spot aggressive driving.
Aggressive driving and road rage are major problems in the United States. While most drivers will do whatever it takes to remain calm and avoid trouble, there are some who don't do so.
Some of the most common examples of aggressive driving include:
- Running traffic signals or stop signs.
- Speeding in traffic.
- Changing lanes without the use of a turn signal.
- Cutting off other drivers.
Road rage takes aggressive driving to the next level, with this behavior including things such as:
- Cursing and making obscene gestures towards other drivers.
- Throwing objects at other vehicles.
- Forcing a driver to leave the road.
- Intentionally hitting another vehicle.
As a motorcyclist, you need to watch out for drivers who are aggressive or display signs of road rage. If you come across somebody acting in this manner, do your best to keep your distance. This will help you avoid trouble.
If you are involved in an accident with an aggressive driver, don't hesitate to contact police. They can review the accident while also calling for emergency medical services. If you are injured and police can identify the other driver, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against him or her for compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Your attorney can provide more information.
Source: AAA, "Aggressive Driving," accessed July 28, 2016