When a Maryland car accident occurs, one of the first questions everyone has is “what happened?” Did a car malfunction? Did a tire suddenly blow out, were some taillights not working, or did the emergency brakes fail to work? Perhaps there was debris in the road or an animal that caused one vehicle to swerve. Or, there may have been a driver error—a distracted or intoxicated driver, for instance. There are many possible causes of Maryland car accidents. But one that often is not thought of is road rage—when drivers act aggressively and perhaps recklessly while on the road.
What Is Road Rage?
Road rage may take a few different forms. A driver may actually yell at others, make angry gestures, or honk repeatedly when they feel frustrated on the road. They may start tailgating other cars, aggressively trying to get them to drive faster. Cutting off other cars and trying to block them from changing lanes are both road rage behaviors, and in some intense situations, an angry driver may even hit another car on purpose. Understandably, road rage can lead to serious Maryland car accidents, injuring or even killing others.
For example, a recent Maryland crash is thought to have possibly been caused by road rage. And, unfortunately, it led to the death of a 21-year-old girl. According to a news report covering this accident, the crash occurred around 1 AM one morning over Easter weekend on I-95 North near exit 52 for Russell Street. Three cars were involved in the crash. The victim was driving a red Honda Civic, and there was also a white truck and a white car. Officials believe that road rage may have caused the crash—they think that something happened between the victim’s car and the white truck, which caused her to spin out onto the highway. Since she was then sideways in her Honda Civic on the highway, the white car hit her directly in the driver’s door. Unfortunately, she did not survive this accident. Her family is of course grieving this tragic loss.
This tragedy is one example of the huge loss that Maryland road rage accidents could cause. But it is important that those harmed in these accidents are aware that they may be entitled to monetary compensation from the angry driver who caused the crash. Suing that driver in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can help those affected recover for losses they suffered—potentially including medical costs, lost wages, funeral and burial costs, and more.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a preventable Maryland car accident—whether caused by road rage or one of the many other potential causes—you may be entitled to financial compensation and not even know it. Compensation available through a personal injury claim can help you deal with the accident-related costs you are facing. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen LLC to discuss your legal options and potential car accident lawsuit. We can be reached at 800-654-1949—call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.