Road Rage on California Highways
Last month, the police arrested two young adults in California. Their crime? They shot a 6-year-old boy during a road rage incident that escalated into a bloody shootout. This tragic incident demonstrates how dangerous road rage can be, as road rage often results in intentional injuries to others. If you suffered injuries due to a road raging driver, you should contact a California car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
What is Road Rage?
Road rage takes various forms. The behavior is so dangerous that one survey found that it contributed to 56% of fatal road accidents over five years. An enraged driver might engage in the following behaviors and more:
- Tailgates other drivers.
- Yells at other drivers.
- Honks angrily at other drivers.
- Makes angry and sometimes obscene gestures.
- Tries to block other vehicles from changing lanes.
- Deliberately cuts off other vehicles.
- Runs other drivers off the road.
- Displays weapons or otherwise threatens violence to other drivers.
- Gets out of their vehicles to assault or confront other drivers.
- Intentionally bumps or rams into other vehicles.
Factors Contributing to Road Rage
Many factors contribute to road rage, including:
- Rushing and impatience – Traffic and other delays can cause people to become very angry, especially when they are in a hurry.
- Habitual or learned behavior – Some drivers repeatedly drive aggressively, and there might be a natural progression to road rage. Others might grow up with a road-raging parent and fall right into the behavior when they begin driving.
- Impunity – Some drivers are just allergic to law and order. They do not think laws apply to them and do not hesitate to violate them.
Contact a California Car Accident Lawyer Now
Has road rage affected you or your loved one, and you need legal help? Do not wait to consult with a California car accident lawyer from the Law Office of Brian Brandt today. Contact our office for a free consultation to assess your case.