How to Prove Road Rage Caused an Accident

James Oronoz

Road rage accidents differ from typical car crashes because they involve an enraged driver who takes steps to intentionally harm you or increase your risk for injury. The prevalence of these accidents has increased significantly over the years and has even resulted in deadly shootings.

Understanding the signs of road rage could not only help you prove that it caused your accident, but it could also potentially save your life.

Reckless Driving is a Criminal Offense in Nevada

In addition to paying out compensation for your damages, reckless drivers may face criminal charges. NRS § 484B.653 prohibits anyone from driving in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons on a highway or premises the public has access to. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense, and violators could face up to six months in jail and pay $250-$1,000 in fines.

If reckless driving causes death or bodily harm, the perpetrator will be charged with a category B felony and face one to six years in prison and $2,000-$5,000 in fines. 

Characteristics of Aggressive Drivers

The American Psychological Association identified several characteristics of aggressive drivers, including the following:

Factors that Contribute to Aggressive Driving Behaviors  

Although hostile thoughts and short tempers are the behaviors that lead to road rage, studies reveal several factors that contribute to these aggressive tendencies, including the following:

Road Rage Shootings Are on the Rise

Many road rage incidents have turned deadly. Research has shown that road rage shooting deaths have doubled across the country since 2018, with 70 in 2018 and 141 in 2022.

There has been an even greater increase in non-fatal injuries from road rage shootings. In 2018, 176 people were shot and injured in a road rage incident. In 2022, the victim count became 413—a 234% increase in the span of four years.

Nevada ranks among the top states for road rage shooting incidents. Research suggests that three people (2.94) in Nevada were shot in road rage incidents per one million residents in 2022.

How to Prove Road Rage Caused an Accident

Strong evidence could help discover that a driver’s aggressive behavior caused your accident. These pieces of evidence include the following:

Injured in a Road Rage Accident? Call Us Today

Road rage accidents are common, and in some cases, they could be fatal. If you were injured in a road rage accident, or your loved one was killed by an enraged driver, contact Oronoz & Ericsson, LLC today at (702) 878-2889. Our attorneys have the resources you need to get the results you want, and we’re capable of taking your case to court if necessary. Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.

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