Responding to driver aggression as a cyclist

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2022 | Bicycle Accidents |

Cycling has become increasingly popular in California over the years. Some people have taken it up as their primary form of exercise, while others have adopted it as their main mode of transportation.

While there are numerous benefits to cycling, such as staying healthy and doing your bit for the environment, it can potentially be dangerous. It’s inevitable at some point that you’re going to have to share the roads with vehicles. If a collision occurs in these circumstances, then it is typically the cyclist who comes out worse.

One of the leading causes of collisions between cars and cyclists is road rage. As a cyclist, how should you respond to an aggressive driver?

Don’t fuel the fire

If a drover has become so angry that their frustrations are being vented through their driving, it’s unlikely that you’re going to be able to reason with them. Many road rage incidents are worsened when the impacted parties get into a heated confrontation. If possible, just let them pass you. Even if you need to pull over for a minute, this is better than getting into a heated conflict.

What can you do?

Many cyclists opt to protect themselves by using helmet cams. You can also place cameras on your bike. By using this technology, you can document any inappropriate conduct and hand the evidence directly over to the relevant authorities. Cameras can also be a good disincentive for drivers to do anything violent.

If you’ve been the victim of aggressive driving that has caused you to suffer injuries, you’re entitled to seek compensation for expenses and damages. Make sure you seek legal guidance to help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.