September 2, 2014
What Happens if I am the Victim of Road Rage?
There is no doubt that driving a motor vehicle can sometimes be a frustrating experience, especially in a large city such as Philadelphia. People are often in a hurry and can get angry at traffic jams, slow drivers, and other obstacles that prevent them from reaching their destination quickly enough. Unfortunately, some people allow such driving frustrations to lead them to engage in aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, speeding, or overly frequent and dangerous lane changes. Such aggressive driving behaviors often lead to auto accidents and injuries to other motorists. If you have suffered injury in an accident due to an aggressive driver, you deserve proper compensation for your losses and should contact an experienced Philadelphia auto accident lawyer as soon as possible for assistance.
Sometimes, however, frustration on the road can escalate beyond simple aggressive driving behaviors to full on road rage. Road rage manifests itself in deliberately dangerous driving behaviors that target other motorists on the road. Some road rage behaviors include the following:
- Chasing down other drivers
- Purposely not allowing other cars to merge
- Cutting other cars off in a lane
- Honking the horn excessively
- Flashing lights
- Passing cars on the shoulder or the median
- Making rude or threatening gestures
- Yelling threats or abusive language
- Throwing objects from the vehicle
- Displaying a firearm or other weapon to scare other drivers
- Deliberately hitting another car or causing an accident
- Getting out of the car at stoplights or parking lots to threaten, confront, or even assault other motorists
Though some of these behaviors may seem extreme, approximately 1200 cases of road rage are reported each year, with over 300 cases resulting in serious injuries or even death.