Road Rage Accidents

Edward A. Smith

Road rage accidents are some of the worst accidents that can happen. This is not to say that they are the most devastating accidents, but rather that road rage is unnecessary, therefore any accidents that result from a road rage incident are just as unnecessary. And any injuries or deaths that happen because of a road rage accident could have easily been prevented.

Road rage accidents occur too frequently. Aggressive driving and road rage are to be blamed for numerous deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between the years 2009 and 2014, 1,350 collisions were attributed to aggressive driving and road rage. More than 1,500 people lost their lives in those collisions.

Also according to the NHTSA:

  • Aggressive driving causes 66 percent of traffic fatalities.
  • A firearm has been used in 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents.
  • Males under the age of 19 are most likely to drive aggressively.
  • 50 percent of drivers who are on the receiving end of aggressive behavior have admitted to responding with aggressive behavior.
  • 2 percent of motorists admit they tried to run an aggressive driver off of the road.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a road rage accident, or you lost someone you love in a road rage accident, please call me today at (916) 921-6400 or toll free at (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice.

I’m Ed Smith, personal injury and auto accident attorney. The person who acted negligently needs to be held accountable for their actions and I will fight to ensure that they are held responsible. I have been practicing personal injury law exclusively since 1982 and I will go to great lengths to make sure that my clients are satisfied with the outcome of their cases.

Choosing an Attorney for Your Road Rage Accident Case

It’s almost impossible to decide which attorney is right for your road rage accident case in the sea of attorneys out there who boast that they are the “best personal injury attorney” on the planet.

The truth is: none of them are “the best” attorney.

I will not claim to be “the best” attorney, either.

I will point you in the direction of my past clients’ opinions about me. Sure, I have a testimonials page, but everyone knows that I can pick and choose which testimonials to put on my website and which ones to toss out. Where you want to do your research for potential lawyers is on Avvo, where we have no control what our clients say about us. Or you could go to Yelp, where client opinions are not cherry-picked, nor are they paid for.

For more advice on how to find the right attorney for your serious personal injury case, you can check out this YouTube video that I made for people just like you:

I have been referred to as the “personal” personal injury attorney, probably because I take a holistic approach to representing my clients. You can read more about me on my biography page and meet my staff. We are more like a family than a business and we treat our clients like family, too. If I don’t know who your wife, your children, and your mom and dad are, what your needs and wants, your visions for the future, your goals for your family, and all of the other details of your life are, then I am not dedicated enough to your case.

You also want to take a trip to my verdicts and settlements page, where you will see for yourself what I have done for my clients.

Road Rage FAQs

What is road rage?

According to the NHTSA, road rage is when a motorist “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.”

What is the key difference between road rage and aggressive driving?

According to the NHTSA, aggressive driving is a traffic offense and road rage is a criminal offense.

Where did the phrase “road rage” come from?

The term “road rage” was coined in the late 1980s when the Los Angeles news station, KTLA, was discussing a string of shooting that happened on several of Los Angeles’ freeways.

What causes road rage?

You may think that road rage is something that other people experience. The truth of the matter is: many of us are guilty of behaving aggressively while driving.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Have you driven over the speed limit because you were in a rush? Have you tried to beat a red light because you were late getting somewhere?
  • Have you ever honked, flashed your headlights at, or tailgated another person driving in front of your because they are driving too slow?
  • Do you tend to honk your horn frequently?
  • Have you ever gestured or voiced an obscenity at another driver or otherwise communicated in anger toward another driver?

If your answer was “yes” for any of the above questions, you may be susceptible to acting aggressively and exhibiting road rage. Often, a person acts out because they are experiencing stress in other parts of their life. Sometimes, we act out because we think another driver is acting aggressively, even if the act or behavior was unintentional. When traffic and the stresses of driving are added in, it is almost like an explosion occurs.

Sacramento Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. I am a firm believer that anyone who participates in road rage and injures someone else should pay for their actions. If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of road rage, or you have lost someone you love because another driver acted out in rage, I urge you to pick up the phone and call me today at (916) 921-6400 or toll free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

I have been helping Northern California residents with their personal injury and wrongful death claims for more than three decades.

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I am listed with other California members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are a fellowship of top-rated United States trial attorneys with multiple million dollar case verdicts and/or settlements on behalf of the clients we serve.

You may see the results I have obtained on our Past Verdicts and Settlements page.

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