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Road Rage Crashes and How to Avoid Aggressive Driving

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Road Rage Crashes and How to Avoid Aggressive Driving

Road rage crashes occur too frequently. I’m alarmed to read about an accident in Norfolk this week when shots were fired after a wreck at the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Little Creek Road.

It’s not clear if the crash was caused by aggressive driving but it’s no surprise that tempers flare when car wrecks occur. A report on WAVY.com said a person was taken into custody after dispatchers received multiple calls about the accident and shots fired just before 8 p.m. Monday.

One of the people involved in the crash pulled out a gun and started shooting. Fortunately, no people or vehicles were hit by shots.

Drivers frequently get into road rage accidents

Road rage accidents are common

While there are few things as frustrating as being involved in a fender bender, it’s important to keep a sense of perspective. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we help people who have suffered terrible injuries in auto accidents. We represent the families of those who have lost their lives.

If you walk away from a car crash without serious injuries and the damage is limited to property damage, you should be relieved.

Sadly, aggressive driving and road rage is a major problem on the highways of the United States.

The Extent of Road Rage on America’s Highways

There is some research that suggests road rage has become a more serious issue in recent years. A report from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found nearly 9 in 10 drivers fear road rage is a “somewhat” or “very serious” threat to their personal safety.

As many as 8 million drivers have got out of their car to confront another driver or bumped or rammed another car on purpose. We have previously noted fatal accidents in Virginia caused by aggressive drivers.

Up to 56 percent of crashes are caused by factors that are consistent with road rage, the AAA study found. These contributory factors to crashes include:

  • Tailgating
  • Illegal passing
  • Erratic lane changes.

The AAA survey gives some tips on how to avoid being the victim of an aggressive driver.

You should avoid the following behaviors.

1 Cutting off

Make sure you have plenty of room when you merge.

2 Driving slowly in the left lane.

You may have the right to drive slowly in the left lane, but it will annoy drivers behind you and is more likely to make you the victim of road rage. Aim to travel in the right or middle lanes and only use the left one for passing.

3 Tailgating

Drivers get angry if you are traveling too closely behind. Allow at least a two-second space between your car and the car in front of you.

4 Gestures

If another driver incurs your anger avoid abusive signs or even a shake of your head. These gestures can be a red rag to an aggressive driver.

If you do find yourself in a heated situation, don’t engage. If you also become angry a situation can deteriorate. At the same time, if you have been hit and hurt by a driver, don’t admit blame for a wreck. It could also impact a future personal injury claim.

The experienced Virginia road accident attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help you if you have been hurt due to the fault of another driver. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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