Serious Road Rage Attacks on the Rise in States Like Georgia


May 03, 2011

A week ago in Texas, police found a woman dead in a parking lot after being shot by a woman who confronted her due to a road rage incident. The woman who was killed allegedly cutoff a woman in a white SUV.

The woman in the white SUV then started tailgating the other car and the woman in front started tapping her brakes. The woman in the SUV got furious, and they both pulled into a parking lot where they argued. The woman in the SUV, who had been cut-off, shot the other woman and fled the scene. The children of the woman who was shot and killed were in the car and witnessed the entire incident. Vicious acts of road rage like this can destroy lives and leave families without the love and support of a parent, child, sibling or other family member.

Sometimes it seems that the world has gone mad when one considers that a person could actually suffer a fatal attack over an aggressive driving maneuver. However, road rage incidents occur everyday in our country. Whether the result of tailgating, cutting off other drivers or speeding up to prevent drivers from entering one’s lane, aggressive or careless driving practices frequently motivate violent road rage responses from other drivers.

Road rage includes events in which an angry or impatient driver tries to kill or injure another driver after a traffic dispute. Road rage differs from aggressive driving in that aggressive driving includes unsafe driving practices, such as multiple violations of traffic safety laws that constitute reckless and unsafe driving. However, the primary difference with road rage is that it involves an intentional act intended to cause serious injury to another. While aggressive driving may cause injuries because it is unsafe and reckless, the intention is to cause injury when someone engages in road rage.

When studied about 4 years ago, road rage incidents had risen a staggering 51% during slightly more than a 15-year period. In the cases studied, 37 percent of offenders used firearms against other drivers, an additional 28 percent used other weapons and 35 percent used their cars as weapons. Some of this increase in road rage behavior can be attributed to the fact that traffic as a whole has increased. Seventy percent of urban freeways today are clogged with traffic during rush hour when compared to only 53 percent a mere 10 years ago. Suburbs have turned into mini-cities, and the traffic has increased in these areas, especially around the lunch hour and rush hours. Moreover, fewer people are using mass transportation even though mass-transit systems have improved exponentially.

An aggressive driver may be liable for careless or reckless conduct in causing an auto accident that results in injuries to another driver by engaging in unsafe aggressive driving practices, but a driver that commits an act of road rage may also be subject to criminal prosecution for assault, battery or homicide depending on the facts of the road rage incident. A driver who engages in such action may also be liable for civil damages for assault, battery, false imprisonment or intentional infliction of emotional distress. An experienced Georgia personal injury attorney can help a road rage victim pursue damages to compensate for the victim’s injuries as well as punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded above and beyond lost wages, medical expenses, disability, loss of support or companionship and other damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish and discourage such unacceptable behavior. A punitive damage award may not only be as large as the damages awarded to compensate a victim but can be much larger than compensatory damages.

If you or someone you love have been injured in a violent road rage attack or any type of accident, the compassionate Atlanta road rage accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates fight hard to obtain the compensation our clients deserve. We have been helping Georgia residents seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle-related incidents, including road rage attacks, for over 27 years. Call Montlick & Associates today to learn how we can help. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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