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Road Rage as the Leading Cause of Car Accident Fatalities

By: JML Law | October 21, 2017.
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We live in a chaotic world with plenty of aggressive people getting easily irritated and frustrated.

The problem is that many of these people are operating the deadliest weapon ever created by humans –p cars.

It’s very easy to give into road rage when so many things seem to be out of your control. Traffic jams, a red light that seemingly appears out of nowhere, a pickup cutting you off…

While many drivers maintain their cool and don’t let things on the road influence their behavior, others tend to give in to road rage against other motorists.

Road rage intends to avenge, frighten, intimidate, harm, or even show dominance over other drivers. Road rage can be triggered by numerous factors and can lead to devastating consequences.

Fun fact (more like a sad fact): an estimated 66% of all traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving and road rage. Interestingly, in nearly 40% of all road rage incidents, at least one driver had a firearm.

Are you prone to road rage Quiz

I don’t carry a firearm and I certainly don’t intend to harm other motorists,” you may think. But most of the time people give into road rage without even realizing it.

Here’s a quick quiz to determine whether or not you’re an aggressive driver:

  1. Have you attempted to cut off or outrace another car just because you felt irritated by its presence on the road?
  2. Have you ever tailgated, honked the horn, or flashed your headlights when a car was driving too slowly in front of you?
  3. Do you shout profanities out of the window, use obscene gestures, or communicate angrily with other drivers sharing the road with you?
  4. Do you run through red lights or exceed speed limits just because you want to get to your destination faster, not caring about the lives of other drivers?

If you’ve nodded your head at least once, you’re most likely prone to road rage.

Road rage and wrongful death

As we’ve mentioned above, nearly two-thirds of all car accident fatalities are a result of aggressive driving and road rage.

A car accident triggered by road rage can lead to severe injuries and even wrongful death. In Los Angeles, wrongful death is defined as death caused by a wrongful act, negligence, or fault of another individual.

In a nutshell, if the victim had survived, he or she would be entitled to file a personal injury claim. A wrongful death claim allows loved ones or relatives to seek damages for the victim’s pain and suffering.

Compensations obtained from wrongful death claims in road rage accidents can include medical expenses the deceased and their relatives had to deal with due to the injury, lost wages as a result of the road rage accident (including the income that would have been made in the future), pain and suffering as well as funeral expenses.

If your loved one or relative has died in a wrongful death case involving road rage, don’t hesitate to consult our Los Angeles personal injury attorney. JML Law has been at the forefront of the battle against reckless and aggressive drivers for over 35 years, and we adopt an aggressive strategy to punish the driver for the wrongdoing.

Call our experienced road rage attorney today at 818-610-8800 or send us an email for a free initial consultation.

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