Road Rage Cases - Can A Lawyer Help?
Let’s Talk About Road Rage in Georgia
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. Georgia’s aggressive driving law is §40-6-397 of the Georgia Uniform Rules of the Road. This section states that aggressive driving means driving with the intention to intimidate, harass, annoy, or injure another driver while passing, following closely or engaging in another form of reckless behavior behind the wheel.
Drivers who cause accidents while driving aggressively may be liable for bodily injury and property damage in addition to being convicted of a misdemeanor.
Road Rage Is Prevalent in Georgia Cities
Road rage is a huge issue across the nation and 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 Car Accidents Are Caused By Road Rage?
It is estimated that nearly 66% of traffic deaths are caused by aggressive drivers. And, a shocking 37-percent road rage incidents involve guns! 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.
Have You Seen or Been An Aggressive Driver?
According to law enforcement officials and public safety officials, some aggressive driving behaviors include:
- Erratically weaving in and out of traffic
- Changing lanes abruptly and without using signals
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Yelling or gesturing at other drivers
- Chasing down other drivers to confront them
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.