Auto Accidents

Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

As drivers hit the highways and byways, many will lose their patience and some will drive aggressively or outright dangerously. Whether it is a mental defect or just a false sense of control - aggressive drivers often overlook the immediate safety and well-being of themselves, their passengers and the live of those in vehicles and on the streets around them. Each year this type of conduct kills or injures hundreds of individuals. 

For some, it’s only a matter of time before their emotions blind their shortsightedness and their behavior escalates to the domestic assault crime of “road rage.” According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 1,500 people are injured or killed each year in the United States as a result of "aggressive driving."
From the perspective of Texas Law Enforcement, Road Rage can include those who speed, aggressive acceleration, tailgating and cutting off other drivers. It’s common for aggressive drivers to use their horn excessively, flash their lights unnecessarily, use rude verbal and physical gestures, and even form lane convoys that block access. There is a difference between aggressive driving and road rage though: aggressive driving is a traffic offense while road rage is a criminal offense. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association), road rage is defined as "an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or an assault precipitated by an incident that occurred on a roadway.”

Aggressive driving is a behavior that can affect most drivers.  Some psychologists have suggested that certain drivers are more susceptible to losing their tempers behind the wheel than others. In fact, road rage can sometimes fall under the medical explanation of “Intermittent Explosive Disorder,” which affects millions of Americans. Regardless of whether you yourself are an aggressive driver, or you are a victim of an aggressive driver, there are simple measures you can take to prevent an unfortunate event.

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident with an aggressive driver or the victim of "road rage" call our Law Firm day or night we can help. Call us at 1.800.862.1260.