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Road rage—An ongoing concern in New York

Last November, a van and an automobile had a minor collision at the intersection of Third Avenue and 67th Street in Bay Ridge. The van driver and a 65-year-old man who was a passenger in the car both exited their vehicles and started an argument that ended in the van driver getting back behind the wheel and taking off. As he drove away, the passenger tried to stop him from leaving, but he struck the other man and dragged him along the street, causing massive injuries that resulted in death.

This tragic incident is, unfortunately, not an isolated one. Road rage continues to be a concern throughout New York. A recent study carried out by the Auto Insurance Center examined thousands of Instagram posts tagged with #roadrage, the earliest of which dated back to 2011. From 2015 -2017, New York surpassed all other cities per capita in the number of tagged posts.

With over 8.5 million people calling New York City home, its streets and roads are dense with motor vehicle traffic night and day, so you’re likely to encounter road rage at some point. Many drivers get frustrated at traffic levels or simply become angrier after an already bad day, causing them to drive aggressively. Examples of such behavior include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Failing to yield or obey traffic signs
  • Improper lane changes
  • Tailgating

When aggressive driving escalates into road rage, drivers may-

  • Use their horns excessively
  • Make hand gestures and yell threats
  • Suddenly accelerate or hit their brakes
  • Cut off or block other vehicles
  • Intentionally cause a collision

These actions can cause serious injuries and even death, making road rage a major threat to everyone who drives a car.

If you are injured by another driver who appeared to be in the throes of road rage, then you can hold them responsible for their actions by establishing that they were negligent. All motor vehicle operators owe other drivers a duty of care to act reasonably given the circumstances. When they breach that duty by suddenly braking, yelling threats, or cutting off other vehicles, their conduct is unreasonable and they can be ordered to compensate you for past and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of damages.

If a raging driver has ever targeted, then the experience was likely a frightening one. This type of reckless conduct behind the wheel is not tolerated in New York City or anywhere else in the state, so if you suffer injuries due to someone else’s misconduct, reach out to an experienced New York personal injury attorney who will help you protect your rights and get you the compensation that you need. If you are seeking legal advice related to an accident, then call 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-person consultation with Jayson Lutzky. Mr. Lutzky has 35 years of legal experience fighting for the rights of his clients. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.

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