Have you ever had someone “brake check” you on the highway?
I was somewhere in NC several years ago on a 1000mile road trip in my loaded, under-powered 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan.
I was going up a somewhat steep on ramp and was accelerating as best as I could and would have been at at least 55 by the time I topped the ramp.
Meanwhile, behind me came a young girl maybe around 20 in a small car flashing her lights and blowing her horn (as if I could go any faster). Once I noticed her I tried to move to the Right so she could get around me but the ramp was very narrow with rocky shoulders so it wasn’t easy to get around.
Near the top of the ramp I was doing about 50 and she blasts around me with the anger of hell-fire. I though that was that but about 1/4 mile down the highway when I was doing 65 she slows to get right in front of me then slams on her brakes.
I stab my brakes as hard as I can but the weight of the vehicle makes it slower to stop and I damn near hit her, barely swerving just before impact. Truthfully, I could have been empty and I would have had trouble stopping in time. She takes off. Another 1/2 mile ahead, out of nowhere, there she is again right in front of me and repeats the brake checking routine. Again I frantically try to stop and again I swerve to avoid hitting her coming to a dead stop while traffic zooms past my vehicle at 70 mph plus…including big rigs.
She does this a third time and I get off the interstate and dial 911.
My feeling is that what she did put my life (and the lives of others) in imminent danger because if a big rig or even another vehicle had rear ended me there most likely would have been fatalities.
This woman was insane to do this.
Is this type of thing much different than someone attacking you with a deadly weapon?
The way she sped ahead and disappeared then suddenly appeared right in front of me meant she deliberately maneuvered using other vehicles as concealment as to get directly in front of me and slam her brakes on.
I really feared for my life because I knew that any second a truck could plow right through my vehicle on the interstate at full speed. And getting back up to speed took longer than usual due to the heavy load. Yes, I was afraid. People are crazy out there. Be careful and expect madness.
What (if any) “rights” do you have to defend your life in these circumstances?
How would you handle this situation?