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Judge John E. Turner (Ret.)

Are road rage incidents becoming more violent?

Road rage can range from simple frustration to fatal incidents. According to studies performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, almost a third of drivers in the United States today report that they deal with some sort of road rage when driving. While most road rage incidents resolve quickly, some lead to dangerous behaviors that cause injury or even death to anyone involved and innocent bystanders.

Combining road rage and guns

According to recent studies, guns are used more often than ever before in road rage incidents. During 2016, guns were used in at least 620 road rage incidents, a number that is close to double of 2014. Aggressive driving has been on the rise for many years, but the use of guns and excessive violence alarm many citizens and lawmakers.

Handling a violent road rage incident

Road rage can include reckless behaviors such as tailgating, cutting others off, speeding, honking, brake checking, flashing headlights or verbally cursing other drivers. If you are involved in an incident that leads to road rage from another driver and you fear it may escalate and get out of control quickly, you should do your best to avoid a confrontation. Call emergency services immediately and use calm words to de-escalate the situation if you can.

The harmful effects of reckless driving behaviors

Road rage often leads to reckless driving behaviors, which can quickly turn into accidents that cause serious injury or even death to those involved. If you have been injured in a car or truck accident that was started with road rage from another driver, you will want to speak with an attorney to help determine what next steps to take.

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