As technology in vehicles has advanced to focus on reducing distracted driving, there is one driving practice that may be just as dangerous but has not addressed by modern technology. “Road rage” occurs when a driver becomes so angry that he or she may use their car as a weapon to take out their frustrations, or may get out of their car to hurt someone else. Either way, such aggressive behavior can lead to accidents.
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Aggressive driving( and subsequently, road rage) is responsible nearly two-thirds of traffic fatalities on American roads. Nearly 35 percent of all road rage incidents involve a firearm. Overall, more than 200 people have been murdered in such incidents and more than 12,000 people have been injured as a result of road rage.
While many road rage incidents are reported because criminal charges have been filed, there are also civil implications to be recognized. Essentially, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. This duty does not go away simply because another driver may be annoying. So if a driver gets so angry that they take their frustrations out on another driver, this could be viewed as a breach of that duty. If the other driver is injured as a result, the offending driver could be held liable for their actions.
If you have been injured in an accident involving road rage, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can explain your rights and options.