As Virginia car accident injury lawyers we know that a car accident is just that, an accident, something that you didn’t mean to do. Sometimes though drivers that cause car accidents are negligent in their behavior above and beyond the law and that behavior is what causes the accident or injury, though not necessarily on purpose. However, more and more injuries are being caused by road rage. Road rage is not an accident. Road rage is a decision that a driver makes when they can’t control their anger.
Recently, 18-year old Bianca Roberson, who had just graduated from high school and was getting ready to head off to college, merged onto a Philadelphia freeway. Another driver felt he was being cut off, and went into a fit of road rage that ended when he pulled a gun and fatally shot the girl in the head.
Also very recently, 17-year old Nabra Hassanen was walking down the road with friends in Fairfax, Virginia. A driver came up behind the group, got angry because the group didn’t move as quickly as he thought they should to get out of his way. Angry words ensued and Torres beat the young female to death with a bat. These are just two examples of the epidemic that is called road rage.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are some pretty scary statistics:
37% of the aggressive driving incidents that occur involve at least one firearm.
- The person who is most susceptible to road rage is a male under the age of 19.
- 1 out of every 2 drivers who are the recipient of an aggressive behavior while they are behind the wheel will respond in kind.
- Over a 7-year study period, there were over 200 murders associated directly with road rage.
- More than 12,000 preventable injuries have occurred because of road rage incidents that have occurred.
- 2% of those who have someone driving around them aggressively have admitted to trying to run that car off of the road.
- 49% of road rage incidents are caused by a distracted driver or someone not paying attention.
- 44% of road rage is trigged by someone getting cut off.
Nobody plans on being the victim of road rage when he or she heads out on the road, yet we know it happens every day, and results in death and destruction. If you are injured by someone else in such an incident we recommend that you hire an experienced VA car accident injury attorney.