When you’re driving, it is easy to become frustrated with other drivers sharing the road with you. On any given trip, it wouldn’t be unlikely to be stuck behind a car traveling too slow or to encounter vehicles where the driver is clearly driving while distracted. There’s also traffic, road work, and no shortage of other reasons why your trip isn’t going as smoothly as you would prefer. Feeling frustrated is normal, but can become an issue when it escalates into something much more serious: road rage.
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by road rage in South Carolina, an experienced car accident attorney can be an asset to you and your family. Not only will your attorney advocate for you in court or with the insurance company, they can also investigate the accident, leaving you the chance to rest and recover with your family.
Though road rage may contain elements of aggressive driving, there is actually an important distinction between the two. Aggressive drivers may tailgate, speed, and weave in and out of traffic, for example.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Though their actions may be dangerous to other drivers, their actions are considered a traffic offense instead of a criminal one.
In contrast, road rage is classified as a criminal offense, as it describes aggressive driving that has turned violent. Displays of road rage may include using a vehicle to retaliate for an earlier slight, chasing a vehicle, or even brandishing a weapon. Road rage is a serious offense — one that can even escalate to murder, in extreme cases — and it is taken very seriously by the law.
There are a number of issues that can contribute to road rage. Some of the triggers may be:
Road rage can manifest itself in many different ways, including:
Unfortunately, South Carolina has seen an increase in both aggressive driving and road rage in the past year.
Robert Woods, the director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, said, “We have been seeing a disturbing increase in aggressive driving behaviors, including speeds of over 100 mph, tailgating, drunken or drugged driving and road rage.”
However, there are steps that you can take to help ensure your safety when dealing with an aggressive driver. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with road rage, try to stay calm and keep these tips in mind:
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident due to someone else’s road rage, contact an experienced car accident attorney in South Carolina. Auger & Auger has almost 40 years of combined experience working with and fighting for victims of car accidents.
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