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Monday, May 26, 2014

Personal Injury Law: Cooler Weather Could Mean More Road Rage

We’re all craving cooler weather, but at least one study also suggests that we should brace ourselves against more road rage in the Fall.   

A recent study reveals that 17% of those surveyed experienced less road rage during the summer.  First emerging in the early 1990’s road rage has been analyzed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and independent parties working to define and solve this growing problem.  We’re here to help you identify common behaviors associated with aggressive driving or road rage, and what to do if you’re a victim.

What’s the difference between Road Rage and Aggressive Driving?

Aggressive drivers can cause car accidents, but aggressive driving escalates to road rage when the driver intentionally tries to harm another person or vehicle.  It’s also important to know that aggressive driving is a traffic violation, while road rage is a criminal offense. 

Atlanta was recently ranked 4th amongst metropolitan areas in the country with the most road rage, as Atlanta drivers are more likely to anger fellow drivers than in most other cities.  And here’s a shocking statistic: In Atlanta, one out of every 100 drivers admitted to hitting another car on purpose.** 

What does aggressive driving look like?

Here are some ways that aggressive driving appears on our roads:

  • Running red lights and ignoring traffic control devices (The NHTSA states that running red lights is “one of the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving.”)  

  • Following too closely

  • Excessive speeds

  • Weaving

  • Verbal confrontations and aggressive gestures

If you see these behaviors on the road, your best option is to keep a safe distance.  If you have been a victim of someone’s aggressive driving or road rage, it’s important to contact an attorney immediately.  

Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business. For more information on this topic, email John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

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