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Road Rage is Still Real - And Still Claiming Victims

The impact of road rage can be far-reaching and devastating. In early October 2013, a mother and her two-year-old son were both killed in a Houston car crash reportedly caused by road rage. According to authorities, a man arguing with his wife in a pickup truck was attempting to run the vehicle off the road when he crashed into the victims’ silver sedan. The pickup driver’s wife later confirmed this report.

In a recent New York road rage case, a pack of motorcyclists chased down an SUV that allegedly hit one of the riders. After overtaking the car, one of the riders was recorded smashing one of the SUV windows with his helmet before dragging the driver out of his car and beating him. The driver, a 33-year-old Manhattan man, was with his wife and two-year-old daughter at the time.

And, in another October incident, a California woman was shot during a road rage incident. While the motive for the shooting isn’t yet known, California highway patrol officers report that the victim, a female passenger in a Honda Accord, called 911 and reported that a white pickup truck had fired a single shot into the car, hitting her in the leg. After fleeing the scene, the victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, people who have been found guilty of the type of assault known as “road rage” can have their driving privileges suspended for six months after the first offense and one year after the second or subsequent offense. However, more serious offenses — specifically, ones that result in another person’s injury — may result in misdemeanor or felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon. If you have been injured from road rage, contact a personal injury lawyer right away.