The One Thing You Must Do After a Road Rage Incident

The following is a video transcript.

You’re sitting in traffic when someone cuts you off. Angrily, you honk your horn. The other driver aggressively changes lanes and pulls up beside you. He rolls down his window, and you watch him frantically reaching into his glove box. What happens next and how you respond could send your life into a tailspin.

Road rage incidents are scary. When driving at high speed with your attention divided in a high-stress environment, you have limited time to think. Based on past experience from U.S. LawShield members from around the country, they’d like to share the important lessons some have learned the hard way. You need to have a plan if you find yourself in this situation.

Do you call 911? Do you try to get away? Do you drive home? What if you’re forced to protect yourself? Do you provide a statement to the police? Do you have a plan for the legal repercussions to follow?

Incidents like this happen all the time, and sadly, all too often, innocent people find themselves tangled in a long legal fight. Maybe they thought the danger had passed. The fight was over. They stopped the perpetrator from committing a crime against them or their family. Why call the police if no crime occurred?

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A recurring theme for people tangled in the legal system is this: they didn’t speak to an attorney prior to talking with the police. What you say after a road rage incident can mean the difference between finishing your drive home or winding up in handcuffs downtown. The time for you to formulate a plan is now.

If you’re involved in a self-defense incident, including road rage, you should speak to an attorney before you make any statement to the police. Call the U.S. LawShield emergency hotline and your Independent Program Attorney will provide the help you need to navigate through these difficult situations.

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10 comments on “The One Thing You Must Do After a Road Rage Incident

  1. OM gosh thank you so much for sharing this vital piece of information.I had no idea we could use Law Shield for a potential situation like this to.I believed the (US.L.S.) service was only to be used in dealing with incidents that involved self defense situations where a fire arm was involved. My only question is this what if I tell the officer working the scene that I will not talk or make a statement before I call USLS and he/she says no-I have to talk with them right now!

  2. Isn’t being the first to call 911, for the record, also critical? How are both needs addressed?

  3. Thanks for highlighting the potential pitfalls. It would be nice to have some suggestions or recommendations on how to handle the situation.

  4. Living in FL. These things happen all the time. People in South FL. Are CRAZY. Your advice is very helpful. I am a member of US lawshield for just that reason, to FULLY protect myself.
    Thank you

  5. This is very true, I found myself in a road rage incident that did exactly that… I was arrested and spent $17,400 to defend myself and clear my name for protecting myself and my family from a lunatic driver.

    I am now a member of Texas Law Shield, at the time of the incident I wasn’t.

  6. To those who are critical of this article because it doesn’t tell you what to do in this circumstance. Think for a moment, this is a video produced by a group that provides legal representation to it’s clients. Can you imagine the liability they could incur if they told you to “draw your weapon” or “try to escape”, then, when you follow that advice in your particular situation it doesn’t work out? Every situation and circumstance is unique. They are advising you to have a plan, think about what you would do now, before you are confronted with a similar circumstance, you should already know what your preferred action will be, think of alternate plans (plan B, C, etc). Be prepared. If you are carrying a firearm and you haven’t thought about or talked about scenarios when you might have to use it, you should bring the firearm home, unload it, and lock it up.

  7. Road rage happened to me as well, started on the highway, I got off & she followed me. She kept trying to push me onto the sidewalk. SHE called the police while doing this. Police arrested me & I had to hire an attorney. What crap. She walked away free & clear because SHE called them & they believed I was the nut.

  8. It seems that most of the commertors must have slept during any seminars they may have attended! I only read a couple that where not hustle towards TLS..
    However, having attending MANY seminars, I find the information very helpful. People, you need to pay attention especially with the wacko’s driving now days!
    Always have a plan A, B, C and more if needed for every situation you are in!

  9. Well said Cory (Nov 12th, 5:58am).

  10. My approach has always been avoid the “crazies”. Only once did that not work when the other driver crossed two city street lanes to get in front of me and slammed on his brakes. He came out of the car cursing and shaking his fist (I saw no gun). I immediately called 911 and told them I was leaving the scene and wanted police dispatched to my office location. The crazy followed me but could not get into my parking garage. The fact that I called police first and told 911 operator I was leaving the scene for my own safety put things in my favor. Nothing came of the situation but only because I had called police first.

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