Road Rage Driver Harms a Motorist on Downtown Connector in Atlanta, Georgia (GA)
ATLANTA, GA- According to 11alive.com, after an accident, one driver was shot when another motorist on the downtown connector. Police reports indicate that the incident was the result of road rage. The incident began with a sideswipe collision that occurred in the very early morning on the southbound off-ramp leading to Martin Luther King Drive.*
Following the crash, one of the drivers exited their vehicle with a gun and shot the other driver.
The bullet grazed the victim's head, and responders rushed the person to the hospital for treatment. The injuries were not considered life-threatening. Police stated that there was a bullet hole located in the victim's car.
The driver who shot the victim then fled the scene of the crash. Police are hoping that the victim will be able to describe the vehicle and the driver.
Road rage is a fairly common thing for drivers to feel, but it manifests in various ways. More milder road rage may involve a driver stuck in traffic shouting in their vehicle out of frustration. In more serious situations, road rage creates a serious risk of crashes. Most collisions are caused by driver mistakes. In fact, data suggests driver errors lead to around 94 percent of all wrecks. About one in three of these collisions could be the result of road rage. Drivers near a raging motorist should be careful, and avoid making eye contact or escalating the conflict.
For people who experience road rage, therapy has been shown to greatly reduce this type of behavior. In many cases, stress caused by work or family situations leads to outbursts of anger on the road. It is important to seek help if you believe that your anger is creating dangerous situations on the road.
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