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Man dies after alleged road rage punch to the chest

Road rage has been suspected in at least 12,610 injuries and 218 murders in the country over the past seven years.
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    December 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Man dies after alleged road rage punch to the chest

Only a decade or two ago, road rage was a term that many people hadn't heard about. Unfortunately, road rage has become a common occurrence now, to the point that many drivers may experience one of these scary incidents at some point in their lives. ABC News says that road rage is up a shocking 170 percent across the nation since 2007. Drivers who participate in this dangerous practice have been known to use weapons and even their vehicles to get revenge against other drivers for often trivial reasons.

According to Pro 8 News, road rage has been suspected in at least 12,610 injuries and 218 murders in the country over the past seven years.

The difference between aggressive driving and road rage

Everyone has heard of the term "reckless driving." The National Highway Traffic Safety Association says aggressive driving can be classified as any of a number of traffic violations that include speeding, running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic and engaging in other unsafe driving behaviors that can result in personal injury or property damage. Aggressive driving isn't considered a criminal offense, but road rage is. People who commit road rage crimes use their vehicles or another weapon in a personal assault.

An altercation that began while driving, but was completed outside a vehicle can also count as road rage. Fox 8 reported on an incident last April, when two men got into a driving-related argument in a supermarket parking lot. According to witnesses, the younger man punched the 82-year-old man in the chest. Two days later, the man had died of heart failure. Police tracked the other man down, and he admitted lunging at the man but denied hitting him. Witnesses claimed that he had, in fact, punched the older man, and he was charged with assault. He may have faced additional charges if an autopsy proved he had been responsible for the man's heart failure.

Web MD suggests driving to a safe place when being harassed by a road rager, such as a crowded public area or a police station. Other ways to protect yourself include:
-Not retaliating against other drivers.
-Avoiding angering others on the road, and driving safely.
-Not yelling or gesturing angrily at other drivers.
-Getting away from an aggressive driver.

When angry, drivers can avoid becoming the instigators of road rage themselves by practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or listening to calming music.

Getting help from an attorney

Even despite your best efforts, it may not always be possible to avoid becoming the victim of a road rage incident. If you've been hurt in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

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