Road rage incident in Austin leads to a man being shot and killed. According to KXAN.com “Witnesses told police it looked like Lockett’s car was chasing Carbajal-Jaimes’ car. Both pulled into the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy on East Parmer Lane and Dessau Road. Police say the driver in the Toyota Camry, identified as Carbajal-Jaimes, got out of his car, walked up to Lockett’s car and fired shots, killing Lockett.”
Following this episode, another road rage incident, this one on Highway 183, that turned into a brawl in the middle of a highway that was recorded and put on facebook.
These two incidences take road rage to an extreme level, but they highlight the dangers that exist on our roads. Road rage is a contributing factor in many Austin car accidents and accidents throughout the country, often causing injury to individuals not involved in the road rage incident. While these are tragedies, the point of this post is that this can happen to anyone and here is some information to help prevent these acts of anger.
Preventing Texas Road Rage Accidents
According to safemotorist.com, more than 50 percent of drivers respond to aggressive driving with more road rage. 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. Half of drivers who are on the receiving end of aggressive behavior, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves. 2% of drivers admit to trying to run an aggressor off the road!
To avoid road rage, try not to respond to aggressive behavior. Avoid eye contact with the aggressive driver. Allow yourself time to get where you are going, avoid following other drivers too closely, and let speeding vehicles pass you. Your desire to “teach the other driver a lesson” by slamming on your brakes, speeding up or driving slowly in the passing lane will only aggravate the situation and could lead to a serious accident.
Recovering Compensation After a Road Rage Accident
Like in other personal injury cases, victims of road rage accidents can bring lawsuits to recover compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. They may also be able to recover punitive damages against the aggressive driver. If you have been involved in a Texas road rage accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer.