A man in Fort Gratiot died recently after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a restaurant. At the time the accident occurred, the restaurant was in the process of closing up for the night.
It was later revealed by the sheriff’s department that the driver and a Marysville woman were involved in a road rage accident directly before the crash. The woman passed the driver on the right shoulder of the road as both vehicles were traveling. The road then went from three lanes to five lanes and the male driver passed the woman on the right by swerving in front of her, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle.
The driver was taken to a nearby medical facility where he died from injuries incurred in the collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that road rage involves violent, aggressive driving behavior such as tailgating and speeding.
While the exact number of annual deaths caused by road rage is difficult to determine, the NHTSA reports that aggressive driving results in approximately one third of all motor vehicle accidents and two thirds of the fatalities that result from motor vehicle accidents.
One of the best ways to make sure that drivers remain safe while on the road is to take adequate steps to reduce the amount of stress that they experience while on the road. The following will explore some steps that drivers can take to reduce road rage.
Get Adequate Sleep
In many cases, fatigue contributes to road rage. Thi is because people who do not receive an adequate amount of rest are more inclined to grow annoyed and angry at things that happen while driving. It is vital to receive the recommended eight hours of sleep a day before driving a car.
Plan Your Route
If you do not give yourself enough time to get to your destination, you are much more likely to experience frustration and anger at others on the road. By plotting your route ahead of time and giving yourself an adequate amount of time to arrive at your destination, you can make sure that you remain calm behind the wheel and get to your destination on time.
Turn Down Your Music
Listening to calming music will make you much less likely to give in to your emotions than listening to loud, aggressive music. By selecting music that relaxes you while driving, you are much less likely to experience road rage.
While being kind to other drivers on the road by allowing them to merge or apologizing after making a mistake, you can make others much less likely to experience road rage, as well, and keep everyone on the roads safe.
Road rage can occur quickly and leave victims facing challenges that will endure for the rest of their lives. If you or a loved one is harmed in a road rage accident, you should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable injury lawyer today.
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