Road rage accidents have become increasingly common. In fact, drivers who engage in violent behavior, rude gestures or yelling at other drivers often also drive aggressively and in some cases recklessly.
The National Safety Council explains road rage as "aggressive, sometimes violent, behavior by drivers usually stemming from stress related to driving or non-driving factors. It can involve speeding, illegal maneuvers, and false assumptions of other road user's actions." Examples often include obscene gestures, yelling other drivers, tailgating or cutting off drivers.
According to the NSC, drivers are responsible for 94% of the critical reasons cars crash. Such human error breaks down into four main categories:
In New York, no-fault insurance covers car accident damages up to a certain monetary amount. However, you can sue for damages when serious injury or death occurs through the fault the other driver. Furthermore, reckless driving is a misdemeanor under New York statutes. Reckless driving includes driving that "unreasonably endangers users of the public highway." If the other driver exhibited road rage prior to causing an accident, your lawyer can use this evidence to hold the at-fault driver accountable.
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has died in a car accident caused by another driver, consult with a lawyer. We can arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP.