A Lakewood school bus driver and FedEx driver came very close to causing a road rage accident, and it was caught on camera. In dashcam footage captured by another motorist, you can see the school bus approach a FedEx tractor-trailer at a red light.
When the light turns green and the FedEx truck starts to move, the school bus driver becomes impatient and attempts to pass on the left-hand side. This upsets the FedEx driver, who tries to push the school bus driver further to the left. Fortunately, there was no oncoming traffic and the school bus was empty, or this could have turned into a disaster.
Incidents like the one caught on camera in Lakewood are not unusual in New Jersey or throughout the country. A recent AAA study found that 80 percent of drivers have succumbed to road rage in the last year. Road rage examples used in the study included aggressive horn honking, giving the finger, speeding, tailgating, blocking and cutting other drivers off. In the worst-case scenarios, drivers exit their vehicles and confront each other!
The Secret to Avoiding Road Rage is to Be Courteous to Others!
Road rage accidents can be fatal, so it is important to find ways to avoid these incidents. AAA has some suggestions for preventing road rage.
- Never cause other drivers to change direction or speed.
- Do not respond to acts of road rage. If a driver flips you off, tailgates you or honks, do not respond.
- Do not make eye contact.
- Pull over and call 9-1-1 if needed. Angry drivers can put other people in harm’s way.
People who do give into road rage are putting themselves and others at risk of being involved in an accident. Drivers who do cause road rage accidents could be held liable for catastrophic injuries or deaths.
The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Keefe Law Firm can help crash victims and their families hold negligent or reckless drivers responsible for causing accidents.