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San Jose Man Sentenced for Road Rage Incident

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CA injury lawyerWhen running late for an appointment or when frustrated over congested traffic conditions, it is not uncommon for drivers to engage in aggressive driving behaviors. Honking your horn, refusing to yield, and tailgating are all common on roads and highways in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. These types of behaviors are dangerous and lead to an increased risk of car accidents and injuries. They can also easily escalate to a level of road rage. In a recent case, a local man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for an incident involving law enforcement officials.

Road Rage Results in Federal Sentence for San Jose Man

A local San Jose man accused of getting involved in a road rage incident more than a year ago with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officer was recently convicted in District Court. A man was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison on December 12, 2018, after pleading guilty in the altercation that occurred in May of 2017.

At the time, the man had been driving a Chevy Suburban on Interstate 680 and going at a high rate of speed when he became enraged at a driver of a Dodge Journey, who he deemed as going too slow in the fast lane. The man switched lanes, pulled up alongside the Dodge, and threw a chisel at the vehicle. It broke the rolled up passenger side window and landed in the lap of the driver, who just happened to be a federal DEA agent. The agent was not injured in the attack, but the other driver was charged with aggravated assault.

While both sides agreed that the man did not realize the driver was a federal official, it was apparent that someone could have been seriously hurt or even killed in the incident. As a result, the judge in the matter ordered him to serve the jail sentence, in addition to three years of special release.

The Dangers of Aggressive Driving

While most situations involving aggressive driving do not rise to this level of violence, it is a type of reckless driving behavior which endangers everyone on the road. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), aggressive driving is a factor in over half of all fatal car accidents that occur on U.S. roads each year.

Despite the potential dangers, aggressive driving is common and the AAA reports that nearly 80 percent of motorists admit to engaging in the following types of actions:

  • Tailgating and following too closely;
  • Going too fast for traffic conditions;
  • Failing to yield at highway entrance or exit ramps and in parking lots or driveways;
  • Improper passing, such as cutting other drivers off;
  • Making road gestures or blaring their horn at other drivers in traffic.

Contact Our San Jose Attorneys Today

If you are injured as the result of an aggressive driver, the Jachimowicz Law Group can advise you on how to hold them accountable. Contact our dedicated San Jose car accident attorneys at 408-246-5500 today and request a free consultation to see how we can help.

 

Sources:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/12/san-jose-man-sentenced-in-road-rage-incident-with-dea-agent/

https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/aggressive-driving/#.XC6Cxc1Ok2x

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