Are Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Actually the Same Things?
Admittedly, driving can be an intimidating experience. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Unfortunately, every time you get behind the wheel, you are subject to someone else’s driving habits. In some circumstances, the threat may be aggressive driving. This in itself can be worrisome. However, what happens if road rage contributes to your injuries?
For starters, let’s begin with some definitions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a number of actions constitute aggressive driving. Of course, there are the motor vehicle operators who insist on weaving in and out of traffic. As a consequence, they may cut you off and cause an unavoidable collision.
Notwithstanding, other types of driving may be seen as aggressive. For example, you may come across a motorcycle rider who rides the white line when the roads are congested. Without a doubt, speeding can be viewed as aggressive driving, as can running traffic signals and stops signs.
The NHTSA has a formal definition for aggressive driving. It is “The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”
Road Rage Can be a Form of Aggressive Driving
Not all aggressive driving is road rage. However, that’s not to say that some aggressive driving doesn’t escalate into road rage. Confused? We’ll explain.
In a prior blog, we provided you with some information concerning road rage. Pounding fists behind the wheel in frustration are one thing. However, when actual contact is made with another driver, that’s a different issue entirely. In fact, the acts may move from a traffic citation to criminal charges.
Sadly, road rage can become rather major events. Take for example the incident that is the basis of this recent news article. It started with one car trying to force another off the road. Ironically, the actions took place right in front of a local municipality’s police station.
From all reports, one might have wondered if the drivers were filming an action movie. It turns out that gunshots were actually fired from one car into another. Without question, this was far more than aggressive driving. Involvement of a weapon made it a crime. And, because it included a driving incident, possible road rage.
The bottom line is that road rage is not just about endangering someone. It is defined as “a fit of violent anger by the driver of an automobile, especially one directed toward and endangering other motorists or pedestrians.”
Let’s take that a step further. Physical injuries can from the use of any force. All things considered, it could be punching or kicking another driver. Obviously, the use or threat of any lethal weapon constitutes road rage. And, by its very nature, this does not exclude using a car to harm someone else with intent.
Were you injured as a result of aggressive driving or road rage? The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone would be pleased to speak with you regarding your prospective claim. There is no charge to meet with us. Just give us a call or drop us an email to set up a meeting!