Road Rage Crash: Can You Recover for Your Injuries?
Distracted and negligent drivers are the most common causes of car accidents. However, a growing cause of vehicle collisions is “road rage.” One recent study reviewed around 10,000 road rage incidents and found that road rage led to 12,610 personal injury matters in seven years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that aggressive driving is the cause of approximately 66 percent of car accidents. These and other statistics show that road rage incidents are becoming increasingly common. Some reasons for the increase in road rage are the overall increase in traffic congestion and longer commuting times.
While some people confuse aggressive driving with road rage, road rage is distinguished by the perpetrating driver’s specific intent to harm another person. It includes aggressive driving behaviors like tailgating, cutting off other drivers, blocking other drivers from merging into a lane, pushing drivers out of their lane of traffic, making rude gestures at other drivers, yelling at other drivers, slamming on one’s brakes with the intent to cause another driver to slam into your rear, pursuing other cars through traffic in order to engage in verbal or physical altercation, use of the horn or lights to scold other drivers, and sometimes even pulling a weapon.
As you can see; road rage can lead to altercations, assaults and collisions that result in serious injuries or death. Negligent drivers who engage in road rage can be held responsible for the damages they’ve caused, including your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Although it can be difficult, it is important to never engage with another driver in situation that could escalate to road rage. Ignoring a driver who attempts to instigate a confrontation with you is key. Do not engage and take deep breaths and ignore irritating or rude driving behaviors of others on the road.
Road rage incidents usually don’t end well. If another driver is engaging in dangerous behavior, your safest choice is to record their license number and report their actions to the police. If however, their actions have caused a collision in which you are injured, always seek appropriate medical care and consult an experienced personal injury trial attorney like Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie. You can learn more about Attorney Lamie by visiting www.chelsielamie.com.