Many people across Los Angeles utilize cars as their main mode of transport. At the same time, cycling is becoming much more popular. Cycling has the benefit of improving an individual’s health, it’s also cheaper and better for the environment.
While there are designated cycle lanes across the city, it’s inevitable that road users and cyclists have to operate within the same space at times. This can be a recipe for disaster, particularly for cyclists, as they do not have the same levels of physical protection.
Accidents are often caused by anger or road rage incidents. Why is it that some drivers direct their anger toward cyclists?
The outsider mentality
Both cyclists and drivers have legal obligations as well as protections. Both groups are expected to abide by the law and ensure the safety of one another. Sadly, this is not how some motorists see it. It’s human nature to attach ourselves to groups.
Drivers commonly see themselves as being part of the same group while cyclists are not included, but are outsiders. This can be a source of disdain for the other group and such a mentality can be dangerous and ultimately leads to accidents.
Feelings of resentment
To operate a vehicle lawfully, drivers must pass a test and buy insurance. These requirements are not the same for cyclists. This can lead drivers to feel resentment toward those who get around on two wheels. There may be a sense that they do not belong on the roads, or at least do not have the same right to be there.
The reality is that cyclists have every right to use their chosen method of transport without being placed in danger. If a negligent driver has injured you, be sure to look into your legal options.