RALEIGH, N.C. – We all get angry from time to time when we drive. Even the most calm among us swears under their breath when they get cut off on the highway or someone pulls out in front of us only to travel 10 mph below the speed limit.
Road rage takes that anger to a whole different level. This was the unfortunate case last Sunday morning.
The incident occurred just after 4 a.m. on I-440 close to the exit for Capital Boulevard. A driver shot into another car that contained at least two occupants. No one was injured, but the shooter did hit the vehicle.
The shooter was reported to be driving a blue Nissan Altima.
The incident remains under investigation by local authorities.
Driving can be stressful, especially when we are sharing the road with others. We may not always agree with the way other people operate their vehicles, but most of us simply grumble our irritation and go on about our business.
Others, however, are not content to grumble. Drivers with extreme road rage have been known to brake check, tailgate, honk incessantly, get out of their cars, and, in the most serious cases, shoot.
If you run afoul of someone on the road who cannot control their anger, get away from that driver as soon as possible. If you are unable to get away, use your phone to call authorities. If you are unsure of your location, call 911. Seeking help is a far better option than confronting the other driver. You never know how quickly the incident may escalate to violence.
If you find your blood pressure rising because of another driver, do your best to keep your cool. Roll down the windows, get some air, and take a few deep breaths. Remind yourself that this is just a few minutes out of your day. In the grand scheme of things, someone else’s poor driving is a minor annoyance, not a life-changing event.
You will, at some point, be confronted by an angry driver or find yourself in the shoes of that angry driver. The best thing that you can do is what your mother always told you – turn the other cheek.
If you have been the victim of an accident due to someone’s rage, contact our offices immediately. We are here to get you the compensation that you deserve. We will review your case at no cost to you and advise you how to proceed. Call us today!