Earlier this month, a furious driver used a baseball bat to fracture the skull of a 22-year-old furniture deliveryman after the latter failed to move his double-parked van. After exchanging angry words with the victim and another delivery driver, the assailant threatened to open fire, but instead grabbed a bat, approached the van on foot, and attacked so violently that the victim required intensive care treatment.

“Road rage,” as aggressive driving is often called, is a common phenomenon on New York’s city streets and state roads. New York City is said to be second only to Miami in terms of the number of violent incidents that take place between motorists every year.

According to the New York State Police, an “aggressive” driver operates their motor vehicle in bold, pushy, or self-centered manner, without regard for the safety or rights of their fellow motorists. When such behaviors become extreme, road rage is a frequent outcome.

Road rage tends to increase in frequency during the summer months, which has caused some experts to suggest that driver discomfort brought on by high temperatures may be a factor. Other known triggers for the physical and mental agitation that can lead to road rage include:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Becoming lost on the roadway
  • Confrontations with passengers and other drivers

Once they reach a certain level of discomfort, all it takes is a rude gesture, loud honking, a sudden lane change, or tailgating to make the driver furious. They begin to drive recklessly and aggressively, undertaking actions like:

  • Following the other driver too closely
  • Accelerating suddenly
  • Braking suddenly
  • Blaring the horn
  • Shouting, using obscenities, and making hand gestures

In extreme cases, they will deliberately crash into the offending vehicle or force the driver to stop before launching a violent physical attack.

Often, people who are injured in road rage incidents face high medical bills and a reduced ability to work while they recover. Fortunately, they can file a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible and claim recoverable damages like the following:

  • Current and future medical expenses (if ongoing treatment is needed)
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity if your injuries now limit your earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish/emotional distress
  • Damage to your vehicle and other property

If you or a loved one was injured in an incident involving road rage, then contact a New York personal injury attorney experienced with cases involving over-aggressive driving. Your attorney will review police reports, witness statements and, if applicable, records from accident reconstruction specialists to identify the party responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable, so that you may receive the compensation you meet to overcome both physical and financial challenges created by the incident. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident or road rage accident, then you may be entitled to cash compensation for lost wages, medical bills and past and future pain and suffering. Call Jayson Lutzky, P.C. if you are seeking legal advice. Mr. Lutzky is a Bronx, NY accident and personal injury attorney who offers free in-person initial consultations. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com or call 718-514-6619 to learn more.