Drivers in California and throughout the country likely understand how easy it can be to get angry while behind the wheel. While many people have strategies to keep their own stress levels to a minimum, they can’t control another person’s emotions. Therefore, it is important to know what to do in the event that a person is confronted by a driver who seems stressed or upset.

In some cases, simply changing lanes is enough to appease a driver who may be honking a horn or making gestures in an individual’s direction. By moving over, the aggressive driver can get past the person who is trying to simply keep pace with traffic or adhere to a posted speed limit. It is important to avoid making eye contact with other drivers whenever possible. Making eye contact may be seen as a challenge to another person’s authority or superiority on the road.

Ultimately, it could escalate a situation to the point where one or more individuals could get hurt. If another driver does take an action that could put a person’s health in danger, it is important for the victim of that dangerous action to not retaliate instead of getting angry.

Those who are hurt because of another driver’s negligent actions may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages incurred. It may be a good idea to hire a personal injury attorney to help with settlement negotiations or to assist during a formal trial. An accident attorney may be able to depose witnesses or take other steps to show that an individual was injured or experienced property damage because of another person’s negligent behavior.