Road Rage and Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines road rage as "An act of assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle or precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway." This definition is the standard at which all states operate when determining whether an act done behind the wheel can be classified as road rage, particularly when a collision results.
With this definition in mind, it's crucial to understand how road rage impacts every motorist daily — and puts them at risk.
What is Classified as Road Rage?
Road rage is an umbrella term that can take many forms. It covers everything from verbal threats, such as yelling or making obscene gestures, to intentional ramming of the car in front of you. In addition, it may also include blocking another motorist's path, deliberately attempting to cause an accident, throwing objects from the moving vehicle, or even getting out of the car and attempting to intimidate another driver physically.
All these behaviors can have serious consequences for everyone involved on the roads. Road rage incidents can lead to crashes causing severe personal injury — as well as legal issues if a person is charged with reckless driving or assault.
What Can You Do If You're The Victim of Road Rage?
If you find yourself the victim of someone else's road rage, stay calm and do not engage in hostile behavior. Be aware that escalating the situation can worsen it and lead to a full-blown physical altercation or even an accident. Instead, call the police and let them know what is happening. Doing so can also be beneficial if an accident did occur and you plan on filing a personal injury claim against the individual.
Seeking Legal Assistance for a Road Rage Collision? We Can Help
Payne Law Firm understands the legal complexities that can arise from a road rage incident and is here to help. Our experienced team of attorneys has the knowledge and expertise to handle your case and ensure you receive just compensation for any injury or damages sustained. Contact us today by calling (713) 999-4801.