This video shows vindictive and unpredictable motorists putting many people in harm’s way. Road rage is described as any aggressive or angry behavior or actions by a motorist on the roadways. Aggressive actions can include verbal comments, honking of the horn or a rude gesture. More serious actions can range from unsafe or aggressive driving maneuvers to drivers getting out of their cars to attempt physical confrontations with other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
According to AAA, there are over 1200 documented incidents of road rage every year in the United States, with 300 ending in a serious injury or a fatality. Drivers who cannot control their road rage are typically charged with more serious crimes than traffic offenses, such as assault, battery and vehicular homicide if it involves a fatality. Fourteen states have specific laws against aggressive driving, and California even has a legal definition of road rage.
If you encounter another motorist with road rage, back off and try to put some distance between yourself and the other driver. Do not instigate or return any aggressive behavior. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, contact our office today for a free consultation.
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