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Specific Acts of Road Rage


Road Rage is a very dangerous act. To help prevent it, you should learn if some of your behavior can be considered as road rage. Road rage in Michigan is probably one of those topics that are rarely talked about. It is a very complex issue especially for the person who will be charged with a violation of road rage law in Michigan.

With that, we must talk about every legality that is related to this situation should you be the one facing it.

Road Rage Numbers In Michigan

In the year 2021 alone, the number of road rage cases has become detrimentally high. The numbers are showing that there have already been around more than 300 cases of road rage and this accounts for 56% of all fatal car accidents.

If you were involved in one of the accidents, please reach out to our Southfield car accident attorneys today.

Imagine this scenario

You are simply driving down the road and the driving behavior of an aggressive driver that is combined with stress or anger causes them to lose their good judgment. What do you think will happen?

Here at Haque Legal, we are always on the side of our clients. The best way that we can show that we are on their side is by making sure that they know how to fight for their rights and that they know what they need to do if the situation happens to them. 

With that, let us continue this article series on road rage by talking about the specific acts that may be considered road rage in Michigan.

What are the specific acts of aggressive driving behavior that can be considered road rage?

There are different acts that you can do that are considered as aggressive driving relating to road rage whether or not you are in an intentionally harmful mental state or not is just to wait until you drive. Let us look at some of these instances:


In some instances, you may think that it is a good idea to check your brakes. However, brake checking is considered a kind of aggressive behavior especially if you do it in the middle of the road where you are sharing it with other cars. Slamming your brakes while driving or cruising on the highway is considered road rage and may not just be considered as aggressive driving on your part but may cause distress and road rage on the other drivers as well. 

Is there even a law that will punish me for brake checking in Michigan?

Yes, while there is no specific law that states that you are punishable by simply brake checking in the middle of the road you can still be considered guilty of another crime. If you slam on your brakes to retaliate against a person who is tailgating you and as a result of your careless driving the police determine that you are dangerous to another person or that you have indeed endangered the light of another person you will be found at fault.

The act itself of brake checking can now be recorded on many cameras all over the state of Michigan and anywhere else in the United States. Keep this in mind whenever you feel the need to harass the person tailgating you.

Sideswiping Another Vehicle

If you have been in this scenario and feel that you need to get the attention of another vehicle because they are doing an act relating to road rage and eventually try to follow them and either around another vehicle or sideswipe another vehicle you are already guilty of the act of road rage.

Keep in mind that while you may not be charged for road rage itself you may be charged on the other crime depending on the damage that you caused to another individual. 

The act of sideswiping another vehicle, ramming another vehicle, or forcing another driver off the road are all acts that can get you into serious trouble for road rage.

Intentionally Cutting In Front of Someone, Then Slowing Down

Some individuals even find it amusing to cut in front of someone else or another vehicle and then suddenly slow down. This could cause the vehicle at the back to rear-end you and cause further damage not just to you but to other vehicles as well. If you are on a very busy highway, it is possible to cause a lot of damage just by intentionally cutting in front of someone and then slowing down. 

Flashing Your High Beams

The act of flashing your high beams may be considered as an act of aggression if you do it with the intent to cause harm to the vehicle right in front of you. It is not a secret that some drivers already have the best beams that they can use at night for their visual coordination. However, it is also no secret that flashing your high beams is also an act of aggression if you are in a rampage or road rage.

Blocking cars while attempting to pass or change lanes

Another act of road bridge is when you try to block cars in the act that you are attempting to pass the lane or change lanes. Other than the possibility of getting a traffic citation it is also possible for you to cause damage to the vehicles that you cut into.

Now that you know the apps that can be considered as road rage there are still some lingering questions that you may have. In the next part of this series, we will discuss those questions and provide you with some answers.

Are you the victim of road rage?

If you are the victim of road rage and are injured as a result, you need to file your claim with the help of one of our Southfield personal injury lawyers.

A lawyer can help you get started with your claim. A lawyer at Haque Legal will see to it that your needs are met from beginning to the end of the proceedings. You are always in good hands with Haque Legal and what it has to offer.


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

Let us help you out.

If you are having trouble with filing an insurance claim or going after someone who caused you harm because of road rage, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, our Southfield criminal defense lawyers are standing by to take your call.

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