Woman Assaulted After Alleged Road Rage Incident
Written by Greg on August 7, 2018
A woman was assaulted after an accident and an apparent case of road rage. The woman was driving home from work at about 5:30 PM on Addicks Clodine Road when she was rear-ended in what seemed to be a minor accident. Both she and the other vehicle stopped and she exited her car to look at the damage. She approached the back of the other vehicle, a white Volvo SUV, to take a photo of the temporary plate. It was then that the Volvo driver exited his vehicle and punched the woman. She fell to the ground and another driver stopped to help. The Volvo driver drove off, running over the woman’s foot.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Vehicular Crimes unit is investigating the incident. In addition to charges of leaving the scene of an accident, the man may also be facing criminal assault charges.
What is Road Rage?
Road rage is a rather recent term that was originally coined by KLTA news station in Los Angeles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), road rage occurs when a driver commits a moving traffic offense in a way that endangers other drivers or assaults the driver or passengers of another vehicle.
There is a distinction between aggressive driving and road rage. Aggressive driving is a traffic offense and occurs when someone is driving in a belligerent manner. Road rage is a criminal offense that happens when a driver becomes angry.
Stress while driving can definitely lead to road rage. Drivers who are irritated while behind the wheel may find that their emotions continue to escalate. Then, when a seemingly minor incident occurs, it sets the driver off, sending him or her into a rage. The situation can easily escalate from there.
Reducing Road Rage
Statistics from the NHTSA found that as many as 66% of all traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. Some types of aggressive behaviors include honking your horn, making obscene gestures, yelling, and tailgating. Angry drivers tend to get angrier at each other as the situation progresses.
There are some things you can do to reduce the incidence of road rage. Do not get behind the wheel when you are angry or irritated. Leave for your destination early and plan on traffic. Obey traffic laws, use your signals and do not cut other drivers off.
Keep in mind that other drivers could be aggressive and stay away from those who exhibit aggressive behaviors. Do not take matters into your own hands. Call the police to report an aggressive driver but do not speed or follow the driver since this could be dangerous. Never exit your vehicle to confront another driver. Keep in mind that some drivers may overact when they are agitated and a fight could result. In this case, the woman suffered only minor injuries, but some drivers are not so lucky.
If you were hurt in a a car accident, contact Baumgartner Law Firm to discuss your case with a free consultation.