It seems like everyone is in a hurry nowadays and it doesn’t take much for some people to become aggressive behind the wheel. Nearly everyone who drives has had a brush with road rage. The scary thing is that it only takes a few seconds for an incident to become deadly.
In June of 2021, the Governor of Texas signed into law House Bill 1927. This bill allows Texans to carry a gun without a permit or proper training. While some people are pleased to see this happen, gun safety advocates warn that our roads are looking more and more like the Wild West.
The problem is nationwide
Across the country incidents of road rage shootings continue to escalate. The end of 2021 saw over 700 people shot on our roadways while over 500 people succumbed to their injuries.
Protecting yourself from aggressive drivers
As our roads grow more dangerous, there are some things that you can do should you find yourself being pursued by an aggressive driver. Above all else, do not engage the driver. If you are in front of them, move over into the next lane as soon as you can safely do so. Allowing them space to pass you might help them to calm down.
Take note of their license plate number. When you can safely do so, pull over and call the police. They may be able to locate the driver with the information that you provide.
What to do if you are injured
If you are injured as a result of a road rage incident, pull over and call 9-1-1. When the paramedics arrive, allow them to check you over and accept any care that they offer. Then, contact an experienced legal guide to assist you with any legalities that arise from this incident.