Police Arrest Man Suspected of Road Rage Shooting
According to a San Antonio Express-News report, Darwin Gamez, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after turning himself in to the police on June 18, 2023. The man he reportedly shot was an unidentified 36-year-old man in a white sedan outside of a car dealership on the 8300 block of Bandera Road, according to the police report. He was wounded in the shoulder and was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Gamez’s bail is set at $75,000, and police are investigating the matter as a possible case of road rage.
Did You Know?
Nearly 1,500 people have died as a result of road rage or aggressive driving since 2008, according to an NHTSA report.
Road Rage in Texas
Auto accidents happen every few seconds in Texas, and they are almost always accidental, though they often have serious consequences. However, road rage and aggressive driving accidents are different. Road rage occurs when an individual becomes so angry while driving that they lose control of themselves and overreact, often putting themselves and others in danger with aggressive driving.
Why Does Road Rage Happen?
An article entitled “The Fast and the Furious” by the American Psychological Association sheds some light on the cause of road rage incidents. According to the article, one of the main triggers of road rage is environmental factors, such as being cut off or heavy traffic conditions. Since these drivers are more likely to be the type to be experiencing higher levels of stress and displaced anger, these otherwise annoying events become the trigger that explodes into outward aggression.
Stress levels have generally been on the rise in Texas and throughout the United States, so it’s important during these times to watch for aggressive driving behavior and learn how to avoid it in order to protect yourself and those sharing the road with you.
Tips for Avoiding Road Rage
Aggressive driving can lead to serious injury or death, but it is usually avoidable. Here are some tips to protect yourself from road rage and aggressive driving.
- Practice Courteous Driving Habits – the most dangerous road rage incidents occur when two or more drivers engage in aggressive behavior with each other. Follow the rules of the road and do not engage with aggressive drivers.
- Slow Down or Move Away – most of the time, aggressive drivers will go around you if you slow down and allow them to pass. If you notice an aggressive driver, do your best to avoid them altogether.
- Use The Horn Sparingly – remember, you are not the police. If someone is driving like an idiot, it’s not your job to remind them. Only use your horn as intended.
Even if a person does their due diligence to avoid aggressive drivers, they can still be injured in a road rage accident. If you have been injured in a road rage accident or if you have lost a loved one to an aggressive driver, Carabin Shaw can help.
Road Rage Accident Attorneys in San Antonio
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a road rage accident in San Antonio or the surrounding area, contact the attorneys with thirty years of experience at the Carabin Shaw law firm at 800-862-1260 for your free case evaluation. Don’t wait! There is a statute of limitations that affects the time you have to file your claim. Contact us today by phone, live chat, or by filling out this form. We look forward to serving you.