According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 467 fatal crashes linked to aggressive driving in 2015. That figure represented a 500% increase since 2006. However, there are ways that California motorists can avoid road rage incidents or take steps to diffuse a situation if they are confronted by an angry driver. They can avoid getting upset at other drivers by managing their own stress levels.

This can be done by getting adequate sleep or by giving themselves more time to get to their destinations. It may be a good idea to start preparing for the morning commute to work the night before in an effort to leave home earlier. Drivers are encouraged to avoid eating or taking other actions that could take their focus off of the road. While driving at night, it is a good idea to turn the high beams off when in close proximity to another vehicle.

People should learn to forgive others for making mistakes on the road, and this is especially true if those mistakes don’t lead to an accident. In most cases, there is nothing to be gained by confronting another person about an accident that didn’t happen or injuries that no one sustained. Furthermore, parents may be teaching their children that getting angry is an acceptable way to solve a problem.

Those who are harmed in motor vehicle crashes caused by negligent drivers might receive compensation for their injuries. They may also receive compensation to repair or replace a car or other property that was damaged. An attorney may be able to use videos or witness statements to show that another motorist was focused more on his or her emotions than on road conditions when an accident took place.