Recently, on the I-95 in Martin County, a road rage incident left one man hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head. The local news reports that the suspect, who had allegedly cut off the victim multiple times on the road, pulled a gun out and fired it into the victim's vehicle.
Not all cases of road rage are as extreme as this. However, road rage is still a serious problem, potentially leading not only to attacks but to vehicular accidents.
SafeMotorist.com reports a number of statistics on aggressive driving, including an estimate that 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. Also, alarmingly, guns are involved in roughly 37% of aggressive driving incidents.
Anger and aggression on the road exist on a spectrum. People range from feeling mild annoyance to blinding rage. Their actions also differ. When people are feeling angry, impatient, and frustrated on the road, what they do could include the following:
- Tailgating the vehicle in front of them, which can increase the chances of a rear-end collision.
- Honking, shouting, and gesturing obscenely at other drivers. This creates additional distractions on the road, further increasing the chances of a crash.
- Cutting off other drivers. Again, this could lead to a collision between two vehicles.
- Sometimes, people also attempt to run another driver off the road.
Even if you aren't a road rage instigator, you could get caught up in another person's angry behavior. In trying to get away from them or in being distracted or enraged by them, you may start driving less safely.
Please don't hesitate to contact an experienced Martin County personal injury lawyer if you're involved in an accident that stemmed at least in part from road rage or aggressive driving. In the meantime, try to remain calm on the road; your calmness could mean the difference between a brief, passing encounter and a collision or assault with serious injuries.