You’re driving down the highway when you hear a horn blaring behind you. In your rearview mirror, you can see a car coming up fast. Instinct kicks in and you change lanes just in time for the car to fly past you. The driver waves a gun at you as he whizzes by, and you realize that things could have gone in a tragic direction.
Car accidents in America claim the lives of nearly 40,000 people every year. Over 60% of those accidents are caused by road rage. What’s more, 37% of drivers have a gun in the car.
The statistics don’t look promising
Recently, there’s been a significant increase in gun-related injuries and deaths due to road rage. In 2021, a reported 522 people were injured. Of those, 131 people died as a result of road rage incidents involving guns. That’s a frightening statistic that continues to grow each year, according to the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.
Protecting Yourself on the road
Though the statistics are grim, there are a few things you can do to try to avoid a road rage incident:
- Move over and let the driver pass by you.
- Do not engage with the driver. One wrong move could set them off and result in tragedy.
- Try to memorize their license plate number. If circumstances allow, take a picture of the license plate.
- Call 911 as soon as possible to report the dangerous driver. You may end up saving someone’s life by alerting the police.
If you are injured in a road rage-related incident, allow the paramedics to check you over for injuries, and allow them to treat you in the hospital if necessary. Then, contact an experienced legal advisor who can assist you with the aftermath and help you get the compensation you are due.