Road rage has happened to most drivers. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, reported road rage is commonly characterized as uncontrolled aggressive driving, which plays a role in approximately 54% of all car crashes that end in fatality. In fact, some studies have shown that road rage episodes resulted in about 30 deaths and 1,800 injuries per year. Inappropriate rage or aggressive driving behavior on Michigan’s roadways causes accidents that are often catastrophic to drivers and passengers alike, usually because these accidents tend to occur at high speeds, tailgating, erratic lane changing, or illegal passing. To prevent and punish drivers for this dangerous and careless behavior, Michigan does not have road rage statute. However, Michigan does punish reckless or careless driving. Reckless driving is defined by statute as:
“a person who operates a vehicle upon a highway or a frozen public lake, stream, or pond or other place open to the general public, including, but not limited to, an area designated for the parking of motor vehicles, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500 or both.” See MCLA 257.627.
If you or your family member have been injured by someone driving recklessly and carelessly, seek the help of an experienced car accident lawyer in Detroit Michigan to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for the damages and injuries that the reckless, careless, and negligent driving caused.
Road rage is aggressive careless driving behavior that endangers the safety and lives of the public and can include committing two or more of offenses:
Drivers who drive with road rage can be found to be driving recklessly or carelessly and face penalties including: $500 fines, up to 93 days jail time, suspension of driver’s license, and having points on their licenses, among other potential penalties.
Road rage drivers can also be found to have civil liability for damages to anyone their behavior injures. Most likely, this occurs when an angered driver is driving aggressively, causing a car accident, and injuring the driver or passengers of the other vehicle.
It’s easy to get angry behind the wheel because vehicles are not seen as people. This behavior can be exemplified by verbal insults, physical threats, or dangerous driving.
There is no single factor that causes a person to lose control of their emotions and become angry behind the wheel, but some driving conditions make road rage incidents more likely.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, the following conditions can contribute to road rage:
Driver’s reacting to these driving conditions through an emotionally charged can trigger road rage. They interpret other motorists’ ordinary driving decisions or carelessness as actions requiring a violent or aggressive response.
Driver’s prone to anger management issues to bring emotions on the roads
Drivers who have difficulty controlling their anger or emotions in their lives may be vulnerable to episodic road rage. Road rage can be seen in all genders and age groups.
Finally, road rage can be set off by witnessing another driver’s dangerous behavior. However, dangerous behavior in response to other dangerous behavior will only compound the danger.
If you encounter a road rage driver on the road, take these steps to avoid an accident or violent encounter.
Adjust your own attitude
Don’t return gestures, offend, or enrage other drivers
Get away from the road rage driver. You may have to slow down to let him or her get farther in front of you or let the driver pass you.
Avoid eye contact with enraged driver
Forget about winning, don’t make it a driving contest
Do not engage with the driver. If the driver makes an obscene gesture or is otherwise rude, ignore it. Reacting to the aggressive driver could dangerously escalate the situation. Keep your eyes on the road ahead and ignore the rager.
If an aggressive driver tailgates you, change lanes, and either drive to the nearest police or fire station or call 911. Do not stop to confront the driver.
Try to get behind the raging driver and stay away
If possible, get a description of the vehicle and the license plate number so you can accurately report the driver to the police.
As in any type of car accident, you should first attend to your own health and safety. Immediately after a car accident, report the accident to the local police by calling 911.If the road rage driver is still showing signs of violent behavior, stay in your vehicle with the windows up and doors locked. If the road rage driver has calmed down, try to take down as much information as possible including witnesses and taking pictures of the accident scene. Do argue with the road rage driver about fault to further escalate the situation. If the road rage driver will cooperate with you, try to get contact and insurance information. If you feel it’s too dangerous, then write down his license plate or take a picture of it. If the road rage driver leaves the scene of the accident, the local police will be able to find him or her through the license plate. Sometimes it’s a good idea to write down what you observed so you don’t forget. Here is what you should do when you encounter a road rage driver:
If you were able to take pictures, keep them. The sooner you write down the events that led up to the accident, the more you will probably remember. Additionally, keep written daily journal about your injuries, detailing your daily pain and healing progress. If you should need any medical treatment for your injuries, the journal will help your road rage attorney prove your case.
Types of Injuries Caused by Road Rage Accidents
Road rage accidents often occur at high speed, resulting in many different typed of severe and permanent injuries. Injuries suffered in a road rage accident may include:
Damages you may be entitled to after a Michigan Road Rage Accident
If you are injured in a road rage accident or you lost a family member because of a road rage accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses.
What Are Special Damages?
Economic damages compensate you for the out-of-pocket costs of an accident. These are damages that have a fixed price assigned to them. The economic damages may include:
What are General Damages?
In Michigan, non-economic damages are compensation for injury you suffered that does not have a fixed price. Your noneconomic damages may include:
General damages are usually awarded if your injuries are expected to be long-term or permanent.
If you were injured in an accident caused by road rage or an aggressive driver, call an experienced car accident lawyer who offers a free consultation. We are happy to help you understand your rights and options and get you on your way back to living a whole and complete life again.
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