It would appear that an "I'm sorry if you think I cut you off. It was
not my intention. I apologize". Or maybe better still ignoring the man as he
made gestures, but surely not driving down the road exchanging exchanging
insults and gestures. As my Mother wold say, "Two wrongs don't make a
You can get more flies with honey than vinegar. Turning the other cheek when you
haven't "meant" to offend anyone is the best for all parties. The
motorcyclist had something to draw his ire in the first place, and to have
someone who allegedly "cut" him off raise his anger even more was just a
telling sign that he was out for whatever it took to "vent" it.
Please - let these types of things "go" and don't cause it to
escalate...even if you were the party wronged. Is it really worth it to both
sides? No. It just makes for more issues in the long run.
I was also surprised the auto driver responded. At best it was foolish, at
worst it showed an immature, gotta-be-right, don't-mess-with-me,
win-at-all-costs, competitive to a fault mentality. Now he is dragging his kids
into it. Even if wronged--best to ignore.
It won't take the police long to figure out who the guy was using computers
finding people that own the truck described and a motorcycle and with pictures.
Motorcyclists be a where you are not as big as a truck or SUV it is easy for you
to get in peoples blind spots. I doubt this man even knew he cut of the
motorcycle if that was the case.
When I am "cut off" I tell myself I am lucky it didn't cause an
accident, or other sad consequence. It may be better to exercise "a soft
answer turneth away wrath" but when you are in the midst of this kind of
dilemma, the human response may be entirely different. I hope that the family
can find peace in their own home again.