I missed work yesterday because I was a victim of road rage (ironically, after I wrote about safe driving last week). Someone felt it was acceptable to block two lanes of a three lanes highway, get out of his car, open my door and start beating me. As the closing blow he slammed the door in my face and left a huge dent on my door with a swift kick. The reason? I didn’t let him merge back onto the highway after he sneaked onto the entrance ramp to selfishly pass about a dozen cars in front of him.
Photo by sheriffmitchell via Flickr
I am very thankful that it wasn’t more than a few bruises and the dented door. I ran the event through my head a few times and things could have been a lot worse.
It’s amazing how things have changed over the years. In New York City, there isn’t much give and take on the road anymore. There are a lot of selfish and “above the law” drivers. And road rage is a major epidemic here. This is one of many factors that make me want to leave New York City for a nicer, more peaceful, and less crowded “home.”
So far, I have to say that I am very lucky. And I’ll explain why.
The worst things out of all this are the mental consequences. I am concerned about what will happen over the next few days, weeks, or even years. I had a bad experience with car and lawsuit before. A couple years ago, my dad was driving my car to the pool and was struck by a car that ran a red light. Incredibly, we received a lawsuit letter from the other driver almost three years later. Luckily, AllState did a great job of protecting my interest.
I’d like to remind my readers to drive carefully, take it easy, be safe, and always lock your doors. There are a lot of crazy people out there and it’s better to be the “giver” and avoid this type of situations.