Nearly every driver has been annoyed with other drivers on the road at one time or another. When that annoyance turns into aggressive behavior; however, it is called road rage, and it can cause a serious car accident.
Road rage accidents
Usually, road rage involves aggressive driving, verbal or physical altercations with other drivers and anger, frustration or even violence on the road. Some common examples of road rage include yelling, tailgating other drivers, honking, making inappropriate gestures, cutting off other vehicles and darting in between cars in traffic.
When a driver is acting aggressively, it can increase the chances of a rear-end or side-impact accident. In a road-rage situation, the driver may be distracted by their emotions instead of paying attention to the road and cause an accident. Their anger can affect their judgment and decision-making capabilities.
Road- rage accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries to drivers, including bruises and fractures, whiplash, spinal cord injuries and head trauma. It can cause pedestrians to be injured if the driver loses control of their vehicle.
In serious situations, a road-rage incident can cause the vehicle’s occupants to be ejected from the vehicle, can cause a chain reaction of accidents with several other cars that were not the target of the road rage, and can cause the driver to suffer long term with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you were hurt in a road rage accident, it may be helpful to seek compensation from the other driver to pay for medical expenses and lost wages.