The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that aggressive driving refers to a category of dangerous on-the-road behaviors, whereas road rage refers to the “angry and violent behaviors at the extreme of the aggressive driving continuum.” Most people have recognized road rage – either in ourselves or in another driver – and are fully aware of its risks. If you have been involved in an accident caused by the road rage of another, our experienced Colorado car accident attorneys are ready to represent you.
Road Rage Leads to Accidents
Road rage is an extremely dangerous behavior. This type of aggressive driving is typically characterized by:
- Weaving in and out of traffic;
- Honking the horn excessively;
- Yelling, swearing, and gesticulating in a crude manner;
- Flashing headlights excessively;
- Running a red light or stop sign;
- Cutting off another vehicle; and
- Illegally changing lanes or passing.
Essentially, road rage combines verbal aggression toward other drivers with a disregard for traffic laws and the safety of others. This combination can be catastrophic; when a driver is overcome with a bout of road rage, they are more likely to cause or contribute to an accident.
Who Is Liable for a Road Rage Accident?
Road rage can often be considered careless, or even reckless, driving. Colorado code defines careless driving as operating a vehicle in an “imprudent manner.” Reckless driving is that driving that occurs with a willful or wanton disregard for safety. Both types of offenses are punishable under the law.
Regardless of whether a driver who commits an act of road rage is charged with the above offenses, however, there is no doubt that road rage is negligent, and breaches the duty of care that a reasonable person would exercise. As such, if you are in an accident that is caused by the aggressive and rage-induced actions of driver, you can pursue a civil claim against the driver for damages. Your car accident suit may claim compensation for all of your losses, both economic and noneconomic.
Work with an Experienced Denver Road Rage Lawyer
Drivers have a duty to drive responsibly and safely, and to follow all traffic laws. If a driver breaches this duty, and an accident and injury results, the driver may be held liable for all harm. At the law offices of Robinson & Henry, P.C., our knowledgeable Denver road rage lawyers can help you to file a claim, prove negligence, and recover compensation. We also have road rage lawyers at our Colorado Springs or Castle Rock offices. Contact us today for a free case consultation.