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Road Rage and Traffic Accidents

Posted on in Personal Injury

California accident lawyer, California personal injury attorneyAggressive driving and road rage pose a huge threat to the safety of all motorists. While these behaviors are not the top cause of accidents, they are common and can cause serious injury or death.

Aggressive driving is the category of dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. Road rage is an extreme form of aggressive driving that is exhibited by angry behaviors.

A 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that almost 80 percent of drivers expressed “significant anger, aggression or road rage” in the past year. In addition, about eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme types of road rage such as striking another vehicle on purpose or exiting a car to confront a motorist.

Signs and Causes of Road Rage

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identifies the following as signs of aggressive driving and road rage:

  • Speeding;
  • Weaving through traffic;
  • Running stop signs and traffic lights;
  • Failing to yield;
  • Driving too closely to the vehicle in front (tailgating);
  • Angry gestures;
  • Yelling at other drivers and at pedestrians;
  • Confrontation; and
  • Physical assault that can be fatal.

The NHTSA identifies the following as factors leading to aggressive driving and road rage:

  • Traffic jams;
  • Running late;
  • Disregard for others;
  • Disregard for the law; and
  • Habitual or clinical behavior.

Criminal Consequences for Road Rage

In California, there are multiple criminal laws that may be implicated by road rage and aggressive driving behaviors, such as:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon. In this case, the driver’s car would be considered the weapon;
  • Assault;
  • Battery;
  • Criminal threats;
  • Hit and run; and
  • Reckless driving.

If you have been involved in an accident where the driver has broken a criminal or traffic law, your case will be substantially stronger because the violation shows that the driver was acting unreasonably and should be considered at fault.

Contact a San Jose, CA Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident due to road rage, the aggressive driver should be held responsible. Aggressive driving is a problem on California’s roads and holding such drivers accountable will make everyone safer. Almost two in three drivers believe that aggressive driving is a bigger problem now than three years ago, according to the AAA study. Also, nine in ten drivers think that aggressive drivers are a serious threat to their personal safety. The experienced San Jose auto collision lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group offer free initial consultations for traffic accident victims. Call 408-246-5500 to set up your initial meeting today.

 

Sources:

http://newsroom.aaa.com/2016/07/nearly-80-percent-of-drivers-express-significant-anger-aggression-or-road-rage/

https://icsw.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/AggDrivingEnf/pages/Introduction.html

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