Georgia Drivers & Road Rage
What About Road Rage Among Georgia Drivers?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the term “aggressive driving” was coined in the 1990s to describe dangerous driving behaviors which include:
- following other vehicles too closely;
- excessive speeding;
- Weaving in and out of traffic erratically;
- disobeying traffic signs and traffic signals; and
- Any other maneuvers that places others in danger.
Aggressive driving, colloquially called “Road Rage” describes the angry, violent, and confrontational behaviors that drivers may exhibit.
Road Rage Is Prevalent in Georgia Cities
Road rage is a huge issue across the nation and even right here in Georgia. In October 2016, 58-year old Randy E. Epps, was shot and killed by 22-year old William Hollingsworth as a result of a road rage incident in Macon, GA. Hollingsworth was allegedly following Epps’ vehicle aggressively and very closely. Epps then pointed his gun at Hollingsworth after the two had exchanged words at a traffic light. Hollingsworth subsequently pulled out his gun, shooting and killing Epps.
How Many GA Car Accidents Are Caused By Road Rage?
It is estimated that nearly 66% of traffic deaths are caused by aggressive drivers. An alarming 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. It has been projected that some over a seven-year period, approximately 12,610 injuries will result from road rage related incidents. While only two percent of drivers admit they try to run an aggressive driver off the road, over half of drivers admit they react to road rage by exhibiting aggressive behavior themselves.
Are You an Aggressive Driver?
According to law enforcement officials and public safety officials, some aggressive driving behaviors include:
Running red lights and/or stop signs
Erratically weaving in and out of traffic
Changing lanes abruptly and without using signals
Tailgating or following too closely
Other aggressive driving behaviors include:
Yelling at other drivers
Pounding your hand on the steering wheel
Yelling at passengers in your vehicle
Chasing down other drivers to confront them
Accidents Involving Aggressive Drivers in Georgia
Several states have enacted legislation to address and deter aggressive driving, including Georgia. Georgia’s aggressive driving law is §40-6-397 of the Georgia Uniform Rules of the Road. This law defines aggressive driving as the “intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure or obstruct another person, while doing one or more of the following: overtaking and passing another vehicle; violating traffic lane markings; following too closely; violating signal, lane change, slowing or stopping laws; impeding traffic flows; reckless driving.”
Drivers who cause accidents while driving aggressively may be liable for bodily injury and property damage in addition to being convicted of a misdemeanor.
Have You Been Injured in an Georgia Car Accident Caused by an Aggressive Driver?
Accident victims and/or their families are entitled to collect damages for medical expenses, loss wages, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other financial losses incurred from an accident caused by an aggressive driver.
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