It’s been a tough couple of years for many people. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in immeasurable losses for many families. Whether it’s due to the loss of family members, layoffs, or the feeling of isolation, many people feel as though they are at the end of their rope. Not surprisingly, the rate of Maryland road rage incidents has increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic.
What Is Road Rage?
Road rage is a type of aggressive driving that crosses the line from “negligent” to “illegal.” Road rage often includes actions that are intended to physically harm or intimidate another motorist. Road rage is illegal, and may form the basis of a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often the target of road rage, which often ends in a motorcycle accident.
Some of the most common types of road rage include:
- Throwing objects from a moving vehicle;
- Using a car to block another person or vehicle;
- Intentionally hitting a person or vehicle;
- Yelling curse words or threats out the window;
- Intentionally cutting off another vehicle; and
- Running another driver off the road.
Given the dangers of this type of behavior, road rage accidents are not uncommon. For example, a recent survey revelated that 82 percent of drivers admit to committing an act of road rage within the past year. And over the past seven years, there have been at least 12,600 injuries caused by road rage and another 218 road-rage-related deaths. What’s worse, over the past ten years, there has been a 500 percent increase in the number of road rage accidents.
Recently, police officers reported that they believe a fatal motorcycle accident was the result of road rage. According to a local news report, at around 9 a.m., police officers received a call for a person chasing a motorcycle in a car. By the time officers arrived on the scene, the SUV had struck the motorcycle. The motorcyclist died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the collision.
Police detained the driver and passengers in the SUV for questioning and believe that road rage may have been the cause of the accident. However, the investigation is still ongoing, as police have not yet confirmed that the SUV involved in the accident was the vehicle that was chasing the motorcycle. Criminal charges against the driver have not yet been filed, but that could change if the investigation reveals evidence of road rage.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one was recently injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, our dedicated lawyers represent accident victims and families in all types of Maryland personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. With our help, you can bring a case against the party responsible for your injuries and, if you are successful, obtain compensation for what you’ve been through. To learn more about Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, and to schedule a free consultation, reach out to us at 800-654-1949 today. You can also connect with us through our online contact form and one of our attorneys will contact you shortly. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.