Road rage incidents in New Jersey and throughout the country may put you at risk for being hurt or killed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 1,500 people have been killed in accidents caused by aggressive drivers since 2008. However, there are steps that you can take to avoid aggressive driving or being the victim of an aggressive driver.

How to get away from aggressive drivers

If you notice another driver acting in a rude or unsafe manner on a road or highway, it may be best to simply slow down and let that person pass you. Alternatively, you can try to change lanes to put some space between you and an unsafe driver. It is never a good idea to honk your horn or make gestures toward others on the road as you run the risk of escalating an already tense situation.

How to avoid being an aggressive driver

You may be more likely to speed, follow too closely or run through a stop sign or traffic light when you’re feeling rushed. Therefore, it can be a good idea to allow yourself extra time to get to work, school or wherever you’re heading. This may be an especially good idea if your commute takes you through a construction zone or occurs during rush hour when traffic delays may be inevitable.

If you are hurt in an auto accident caused by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for damages related to the crash. You may also be entitled to compensation to repair or replace property that was lost or damaged in an accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you negotiate a favorable settlement or obtain a favorable jury award.