If you are a regular driver on busy roads and highways around Sugar Land, you may be surprised to know that at least a large percentage of drivers are angry or stressed while driving. This is a worrying trend for road safety, as aggression can be a major contributing factor to car accidents. Although it is understandable that driving on congested roads is very frustrating, it is unacceptable for drivers to engage in illegal and aggressive acts toward other drivers. Road rage is often dangerous and may lead to fatal accidents.
If you have been involved in a road rage accident, or you have lost a loved one under similar circumstances, our Sugar Land road rage lawyers at Lone Star Injury Attorneys could help you recover maximum compensation for your damages. Our auto accident attorneys believe that there is no excuse for road rage, and the victims deserve full compensation.
Almost 80% of all motorists, in Sugar Land and throughout the United States, are reported to have been angry and aggressive while driving in the last year. Out of this number, at least 60% perpetrated extreme acts of road rage, such as getting out of their vehicles to directly confront other motorists, intentionally tailgating, or even ramming into other cars. Frighteningly, lives have been lost in the process. In many cases, such motorists become physical by fighting other drivers.
For many motorists, anger while driving does not just happen out of the blue. A lot of road users carry with them tense feelings and thoughts from their personal lives, whether it be their marriage, family, or work. Others have illnesses such as stress and anxiety disorders. For this reason, they can be easily provoked.
Aggression on the road happens in many ways. For example, a driver may ram into another car if the traffic is moving slowly. Everyone is familiar with the frustration of being on a highway full of traffic during rush hour. Some drivers choose to find their own means of getting out of a jam by changing lanes and darting through traffic. Many are rushing to work, traveling out of town, or maybe trying to get to a hospital.
Road rage incidents are more prevalent in men than in women. According to statistics from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, men are four times more likely to engage in driving aggression than women. What’s more, motorists between the ages of 18-40 are more likely to be the culprits. It is important to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible if you are injured in a road rage accident.
Road rage incidents arise out of very common scenarios. For example, when a driver suddenly merges into a lane or a highway, the other motorists may react aggressively for having caused a disruption or panic. The other drivers may respond by honking or yelling at them. Should you find yourself injured in such a scenario, contacting a road rage attorney could help collect crucial evidence against the potentially liable parties.
Another scenario is where a motorist may be driving slowly compared to other traffic, especially if it’s on a highway. Given the high speeds witnessed on highways, any slow-moving vehicle may cause disturbance to other motorists. As a result, the other drivers may lose their temper and engage in road rage.
Sadly, some drivers engage in the use of obscene gestures, regardless of who is in the wrong. For example, a motorist may honk at them for flouting traffic rules (such as making an illegal turn), and instead of keeping it cool, they hurl insults at the other motorists. This may aggravate the situation. A car accident lawyer can talk to witnesses and access potential CCTV cameras to prove this against the defendant.
Accidents involving anger on the road are often tragic. What’s more, such acts often trap other road users who were never part of the altercations in an uncomfortable situation. For example, an enraged driver may lose control of their vehicle and accidentally ram into your car or hit a pedestrian.
If you have been involved in a road rage accident, you could recover compensation for property damages and the injuries sustained by working with a skilled attorney. These types of damages often vary from case to case, but either way, they can be classified as either bodily injury or property damages.
Bodily injuries include:
If you or your friend has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s road aggression, you may find it ideal to file a lawsuit against the party responsible. A Sugar Land road rage lawyer may help you hold them accountable for their actions and recover maximum compensation for your damages. Contact us today for more information.