It is not a big secret that Houston has some of the worst traffic in the United States. Highways such as US 290, Interstate 59, Interstate 45, and the 610 Loop are all very frustrating and at various times during the day.
Some of the most deadly roads in Houston are also the places where road rage occurs.
One of the consequences of having an infrastructure that has not kept up with population growth is the increased incidence of road rage. When folks get frustrated with traffic jams and delays tensions run high.
Rush Hour Traffic is Prime Time for Road Rage
Most road rage incidents occur during rush-hour traffic. Which is between 4 and 7 P.M., and most of the time, the event involves a man.
Houston has had our fair share of road rage accidents, and some have even turned fatal. Drivers who have “cut off” another driver have been chased down and shot. Others have been run off the road and even rammed with another vehicle.
The Problem in Houston has gotten so acute that HPD started a program to help combat road rage events. The police department has received over 1500 road rage calls in 6 months. Up over thirty percent from last year.
Also, the Texas Department of Transportation has investigated thousands of rage car wrecks over the last few years. Aggressive driving has been a consistent factor in many of the crashes that have been investigated.
According to the DOT, you can be fined up to $200 and even spend time in jail for moving violations associated with aggressive driving.
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, two gun-related incidents happen every day in America.
Unfortunately, a road rage chase can involve more than the two vehicles involved, and frequently third-party vehicles are the victims of the aggressive driving in a road rage incident.
Approximately 40% of road rage incidents result in some kind of criminal charge against at least one of the drivers. It is often that an innocent victim pays the price of the road rage of another. All of Texas is seeing an increase in road rage events.
If you see aggressive driving by another or a road rage incident, contact the Houston Police Department and report the matter.
Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Drivers from the Texas DOT
Texas DOT Tips to Avoid Aggressive Driving:
- Stay calm. Keep your emotions in check.
- Plan ahead and anticipate delays.
- Focus on your own driving. Be cautious and considerate.
- Avoid creating a situation that may cause provocation.
- Give angry drivers plenty of room.
- Avoid eye contact.
- Use the left lane only when passing.
- Use your horn sparingly.
- Don’t tailgate or flash your lights behind someone.
- Don’t yell obscenities or make inappropriate hand gestures, and don’t respond to drivers who do.
- If you’re concerned for your safety, call 911.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Houston
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