WCNC reports about the most recent road rage incident, which resulted in death on Highway 150 in Mooresville. Law enforcement is still investigating but witnesses told police that a fight broke out between the driver of a pickup truck and 2 young men on scooters near the on ramp to I-77 south.
A driver of one scooter punched the victim in the head, causing him to fall to the pavement, according to the reports. The victim died as a result of his injuries.
Our car accident lawyers in Statesville, Gastonia and Charlotte are no stranger to these types of tragedies; North Carolina car accidents are frequently caused by aggressive driving. Less frequently do those instances involve road rage, which is typically defined by a criminal act such as assault.
Aggressive driving behaviors are a precursor to road rage which can lead to a criminal offense. Road & Travel Magazine reported that 50% of drivers respond negatively to an act of aggressive driving behavior directed toward them. The national survey found the following behaviors used as retaliation to an aggressive behavior by another driver:
-34% honk their horn.
-27% scream at the driver.
-19% make a derogatory gesture with their hands.
-17% flash their lights.
-7% retaliate with the same aggressive behavior towards the other driver.
-2% admittedly try to run the driver off the road following an aggressive behavior.
The survey also indicated the drivers most likely to respond were: male (54%), ages 18-24 (67%), driving with children (59%) and cell phone users (59%) when compared to females, elderly drivers, driving without children, and drivers without cell phones respectively.
Yahoo News recently reported that road rage is psychological and can be controlled by learning what triggers the aggressive behavior. As humans we often feel territorial, even when we are in our car. Motorists let factors like congested roadways, failure to acknowledge road signs by other drivers and aggressive acts affect their mood. Motorists also allow their feelings and stressors about their day to impact their mood behind the wheel.
Whether you are the aggressor or the victim, knowing these types of things can affect your driving behavior is the first step in controlling your reaction. Understanding that if long and stressful days or congested roadways makes you drive aggressively or have a low tolerance to aggressive acts by other drivers is one key to reducing road rage accidents on roadways.
Contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith if you have been injured in a Charlotte car accident involving aggressive behavior or road rage. Our experienced attorneys represent personal injury victims in Asheville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and elsewhere throughout North and South Carolina so call for a free appointment at 1-800-887-1965.