FindLaw KnowledgeBasePublished: 2011-12-22
A Kansas man was recently charged with murder following a Texas road rage incident. The incident began in Groom, Texas, when a pickup truck hit a rental car and fled the scene. Fifty miles later, the occupants of the rental car spotted the pickup they believed had hit them and went to speak with the driver. There was an argument. Then, the pickup driver shot and killed the driver of the rental car.
Following this episode, another road rage incident, this one on Highway 121, led to gunfire. An angry driver followed another driver onto an exit ramp, and shot at the car while they were stopped at a light.
These two incidences take road rage to an extreme level, but they highlight the dangers that exist on our roads. Road rage is a contributing factor in many Dallas car accidents and accidents throughout the country, often causing injury to individuals not involved in the road rage incident. In October, for example, a 2-year-old was paralyzed after a road rage incident on Highway 78. The driver at fault for the car accident was in the middle of a road rage feud with another driver.
Preventing Texas Road Rage Accidents
According to a national survey by Response Insurance, more than 50 percent of drivers respond to aggressive driving with more road rage. While many people honk horns, 27 percent yell and at least two percent of drivers respond to road rage by trying to run the other driver off the road.
To avoid road rage, try not to respond to aggressive behavior. Avoid eye contact with the aggressive driver. Allow yourself time to get where you are going, avoid following other drivers too closely, and let speeding vehicles pass you. Your desire to "teach the other driver a lesson" by slamming on your brakes, speeding up or driving slowly in the passing lane will only aggravate the situation, and could lead to a serious accident.
Recovering Compensation After a Road Rage Accident
Like in other personal injury cases, victims of road rage accidents can bring lawsuits to recover compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. They may also be able to recover punitive damages against the aggressive driver. If you have been involved in a Texas road rage accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can advise you of your options.