Those of us who live and work in and around St. John’s know that with developing prosperity has come all the problems of traffic congestion that beset other prosperous urban areas of the world. And one of these problems is road rage.
You may think you are a calm person, and don’t lose your cool in traffic. But other drivers do. This is a significant enough problem that Safety Services Newfoundland and Labrador, the traffic safety educational organization, teaches how to deal with it. Lloyd Hobbs, Manager of Traffic Safety at the organization, was interviewed on CBC radio about this recently.
Lloyd Hobbs identifies a number of factors responsible for road rage and the risk of motor vehicle collision it contributes to: increasing traffic congestions; distracted driving; and general lack of driving courtesy.
One tip from Lloyd to avoid the increased risk of accident that comes with hostile interactions with other drivers: don’t engage by making eye contact and don’t use hand gestures! And if the other driver follows you, don’t go home, because that takes the trouble to your doorstep, letting the other person know where you live, and potentially involving your family. The advice is go to a public area where you won’t be alone with the other person.
If accident and injury result from a hostile interaction with another driver, you don’t want to have compromised your own legal rights by contributing to the problem. If a motor vehicle accident results from road rage, a lawyer who handles motor vehicle personal injury cases can help.