During the Holidays, our roadways are always a little more congested than normal and everyone's spirit seems to be constantly challenged by the heavier traffic. Add to the mix an increase in seasonal parties and you have the ingredients for aggressive driving. Although road rage and aggressive driving are different offenses, the result of either can be injurious or deadly.
The term "Road Rage" was initially coined by a KTLA television news reporter following a string of shootings related to angered drivers on several LA freeways. Following those events, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) differentiated between the offenses of aggressive driving (traffic offense) and road rage (criminal charge). Today, the NHTSA considers road rage to occur anytime a driver or passenger commits a moving traffic offense so as to endanger other persons or property. In other words, an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by a driver or passenger in one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.
No matter the charge, both aggressive driving and road rage can have devastating results for innocent auto accident victims. Consider these facts published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:
- Aggressive behaviors account for more than half of all fatal crashes.
- A single aggressive act by one driver can trigger escalating responses from other drivers.
- 80% of drivers believe aggressive driving is a serious or extremely serious problem on their roadways.
- Half of drivers surveyed admitted to exceeding the speed limit by more than 15% in the past 30 days.
Incidents involving aggressive driving or road rage cause dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries in Texas each year. If you or someone you love is a victim of unruly driving behavior, know that offenders can be held legally liable and that you are entitled to fair compensation for your personal injuries and property damages.