The roads and highways in and around Orange County can get badly congested from time to time. On some days, what is ordinarily a short commute home from work or school can become a traffic nightmare, requiring twice the normal amount of travel time. Regardless of whether slow driving conditions are caused by an accident, inclement weather or heavy traffic, drivers should always stay patient and keep their cool.
Anytime drivers let their emotions get the best of them, they could be endangering themselves and everyone else on the road around them. Aggressive driving is a common symptom of drivers who are frustrated while on the road. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, aggressive driving occurs when a person endangers other people or their property by committing a combination of traffic violations.
An extreme form of aggressive driving is known as road rage, which is where the emotionally-charged driver assaults another driver with his or her vehicle or even with a weapon, based on some incident that occurred on the roadway. Under California law, road rage is a specific crime of its own that can result in license suspension of up to one year.
Criminal penalties are not the only possible consequences of road rage. Acts of aggressive driving and road rage can result in motor vehicle accidents with severe injuries or fatalities. If this happens, the driver who lost control of his or her emotions and caused the accident may have at least some liability for the resulting injuries and damages.
Nobody should have to deal with the loss of a loved one due to a fatal car accident fueled by road rage. While driving in Orange County and elsewhere in California can be frustrating for even the calmest of people, it is never an excuse to cause harm to someone else. People who have suffered injuries at the hands of someone else's aggressive driving should attempt to hold them legally accountable for their actions.
Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles, "Court-Ordered Suspension: Road Rage," Accessed on Sept. 21, 2015