We have all heard of those crazy road rage incidents that end up causing people to harm on the roadway. Maybe we have even seen it happen in front of us before. We just hope that it never happens to us. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions and behavior of other people on the roadway.
Maybe someone was mad at you. Or maybe they were mad at another driver around you. Regardless of how a road rage incident occurs, if it causes you harm, you need to secure legal assistance. At SMT Legal, we are ready to step in and help you secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Beaver County road rage accident attorney, call us today.
What It Road Rage?
We all know that driving can be aggravating. Most of us have probably even lost our temper while driving. It happens.
Road rage is a completely different story and can cause major accidents on the roadway. Defined as “a motorist’s uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior.”
We have all seen the incidents of road rage that sometimes make the evening news, but what happens if a road rage incident causes us harm?
Nobody should ever let the acts of another driver cause them to lose their temper to the point where they lose control. Unfortunately, sometimes people decide they need to respond inappropriately. Road rage can lead to the following:
- A person using their vehicle to ram into another vehicle.
- Someone using their vehicle to go after a pedestrian or bicyclist.
- Someone getting out of their vehicle and threatening violence or being violent on the roadway.
Road rage incidents are made worse when the driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
In Pennsylvania’s latest reporting year, there were over 128,000 vehicle accidents reported. Out of those:
- There were 80,612 injuries
- 4,106 pedestrian injuries
- 3,052 motorcyclist injuries
- 1,127 bicyclist injuries
How many of these incidents were due to road rage?
While we do not have exact numbers of how many accidents are due to road rage, we do know that they happen. When they do happen, the people responsible need to be held accountable for injuries and damages they cause. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior, even if provoked.
How To Move Forward
Dealing with a car accident is not easy, but we want to help. At SMT Legal, we are well aware that the expenses from a vehicle accident go beyond property damage. We even know they go beyond medical expenses. That is why we want to help you secure compensation for those and other “hidden costs” that are associated with vehicle accidents, like lost income and emotional damages.