A recent national television report asserted that road-rage incidents are becoming more common and more deadly, with the latest incident taking place in Pennsylvania, in which a man is alleged to have shot and killed a teenage girl during a traffic merge. Click to watch level-headed advice from your Independent Program Attorney about what to do—and what not to do—in these situations.
Hello. This is Robert Robles here in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on behalf of U.S. Law Shield. I’m an attorney for U.S. Law Shield, I’d like to talk to you today about what should you do if you’re involved in a road-rage incident.
I would first say try to avoid being in the situation at all costs, but if you should become involved in a road-rage incident, where someone is gesturing at you, perhaps making verbal threats at you, trying to run you off the road, following you, or trying to cut you off, or speeding up and slowing down in front of you, the best thing you should do is take every action that you can think of to de-escalate the situation.
If no weapons are involved, I recommend that you not call 9-1-1, unless the situation warrants such as someone wrecking into your car, scraping your car with their car, cutting you off, trying to drive you off the road, perhaps jump out and chase your car at a stoplight. If such a situation arises, lock your car doors, of course, and then call 9-1-1, because you are in danger, and your property is in danger, and the situation is getting out of hand. But as long as you are in control of the situation, I would personally not call 9-1-1.
Now if the police should stop you, and the other driver falsely accuses you of pointing a firearm at them, you’ll have to tell the police officer you have a firearm because if you have a concealed carry, you’ve got your gun with you. Tell him you’ll make a statement after talking to your lawyer.
Your lawyer is on 24-hour call, and you can simply make a call to U.S. Law Shield and get instructions on what to do next.
The best way to avoid such a situation or confrontation, is to always take active measures to de-escalate the situation. Turn away. Pick an alternative route and perhaps go drive in the direction of a police station or some crowded avenue.
Thank you very much and this is Robert Robles on behalf of U.S. Law Shield.