Slow Down and Share the Road: One Common Cause of Accidents

Road rage and similar behaviors are responsible for many of the car accidents that happen in the United States. Refusing to slow down and share the road with drivers obeying the traffic laws is one reason many people cause auto accidents. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Road Rage?

Road rage occurs when a driver becomes angry with other drivers. Sometimes the anger may be justified, such as being cut off in traffic. More often, it is the result of someone being in a hurry and not wanting to obey the laws themselves. Road rage behaviors include tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and excessive speeding. Road rage accounts for about 10,000 accidents in the last 12 years.

What About Speeding?

You don’t have to have road rage to speed and refuse to share the road. When other drivers are doing the speed limit and you weave around them, tailgate them, or speed past them, it has the potential for causing an accident. About 31 percent of traffic fatalities are due to excessive speeding and weaving in and out of traffic to maintain a higher speed.

What to Do

If someone has road rage or is speeding excessively and causes an accident, they are held liable for the injuries and property damage relating to the accident. If you or a loved one has been a victim of such reckless driving, contact us today for information about how we can help or call us to schedule your free consultation.