Car Accident Lawyer Exposes the Dangers of Road Rage
Over the years, we have been desensitized by what we see on television and social media. It is as if road rage is so common that it has become a daily expectation on the road. It seems like every day, it is a natural occurrence to see drivers yelling at each other, giving the finger, or getting into a fist fight. What we do not realize is that many of these road rage incidents end in tragedy. Road rage is a phenomenon that excludes nobody. Hopefully, the next victim, or perpetrator, is not you.
Aggressive driving accounts for 66% of all road accidents that resulted in death. What is alarming is that 37% of all aggressive driving incidents show that one of the drivers had a gun. Behavior-wise, 50% of people on the receiving end of a curse or cuss word will respond in the same manner, thereby escalating the tension, which can lead to a shooting or accident.
Below are a few stories, provided by our car accident lawyer, of accidents and fatalities that could have been avoided, if only the drivers listened to their sense of reason and not their emotions.
The 71-Year Old Victim
In 2015, a 71-year-old senior man was driving peacefully when a trucker began to tailgate him. Walter Young, the driver, was with his wife and granddaughter. As a matured driver, he pulled over to let the truck pass and be on his way. However, the vehicle did not pass. Instead, the driver stopped, stepped down from his truck, and went to Walter. He yanked Walter out of his seat and beat him badly. Young suffered severe injuries, including a brain bleed by the time the driver left.
The driver, after careful police work, was arrested and told a different story – that Young wouldn’t let him pass. But videos proved him wrong, and he was charged with assault. His granddaughter saw the whole thing, and when a child witnesses something so horrible, the psychological wounds can be deep.
Homicide Turned Suicide
Fifteen years ago, as Timothy Mann was driving peacefully with his wife Nancie and son Michael, a red pick-up truck cut them off which caused Timothy to hit his brakes. The pick-up truck driver also stopped, for some reason.
Timothy stepped out to confront the driver, named Donald Bell, who was with his son. What he did not realize was that Donald was armed. Donald got out of his truck and Timothy hit him. Then Donald shot Timothy, and he died almost instantly. All three witnesses, Nancie, Michael, and Donald’s son, saw what happened.
Donald was charged with manslaughter, but he and his lawyer claimed self-defense. But a few weeks after the incident, while out on bail, he went back to the scene, called 911, and introduced himself to the operator. He shot himself in the head and died.
Both Legs Lost
May Lee, along with her two children, were on their way home in Little Falls, New Jersey, traveling at 80 miles per hour, when a raging driver cut them and run them off the road into a ditch. This resulted in a wreck which cost May both her legs. Fortunately, the children only suffered minor injuries. The bad thing here is that the raging driver, Milton Aganon, only served nine months in jail.
The Aggressive Ex-Girlfriend
A 25-year old woman, Darla Jackson, with a known history of traffic aggression, got herself into an altercation with a Chief Petty Officer named Zacharias Buob in an interstate. Buob was on a motorcycle. Jackson rammed the back of Buob’s motorcycle, causing him to fall off. Not satisfied, Jackson ran him over, and he later died in the hospital.
Further investigation revealed that Jackson had a two-year suspension of her license from 2013 to 2015 for lack of driving skills. It was also found out that she was the subject of two restraining orders, including one in which a man accused her of trying to run him over with her car. In the Buob case, she is facing 15 years in jail if proven guilty.
The lesson learned here is that acts of aggression occur every day. You will never know the state of mind of drivers around you. The best course of action you have is prevention through driving within speed limits and following road rules. Sometimes, it is also best if you just give way and not fight for your right-of-way. Patience is also a key. If somebody yells at you, it is in your best interest not to fan the flame of aggression.
You will never know who has a gun. Better yet, do not bring your gun when traveling. You think you know yourself enough, but you may be the one who loses control and take an innocent life.
Last Updated: 03-24-2017