Did you know road rage is a growing cause of automobile accidents in the United States and a growing concern for practically every Kansas motorcycle accident attorney? In 2015, it was estimated that raging drivers were responsible for 467 fatal crashes in America. While only 1.3% of the total number of fatal accidents that year, the number of road rage fatalities has risen over 500% in the past decade. Motorcyclists have few protections beyond helmets and leather clothing to protect them from injuries in an accident.
Nationwide, the motorcyclist fatal accident rates recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are rising. In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents. This was an increase of 8% over 2014. A further 88,000 were injured which was a decrease of 3% from 2014. Overall, motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic fatalities and 4% of injuries. While the rate of injuries slightly declined, the statistics clearly show that motorcyclists are at a particular risk of suffering personal injuries and wrongful deaths at the hands of road raging drivers and must maintain constant vigilance in order to avoid being injured or killed.
As a Kansas motorcycle accident attorney, Brad Pistotnik recommends motorcyclists take defensive actions to reduce the possibility of being involved in a road rage accident. These include staying vigilant of your surroundings and the actions of other motorcyclists and drivers. This helps motorcyclists stay out of the blind spot of automobiles, large trucks, semi-trucks, SUV's, etc. Motorcyclists should also plan ahead for delays and prepare alternate routes to reach their destination. Motorcyclists should also take care to wear helmets, signal their intentions with lights and hand gestures as well as obey traffic signals and signage. These defensive actions allow motorcyclists to avoid raging drivers and avoid accidents and potentially dangerous confrontations.
Research collected by the AAA Foundation for Transportation Safety in 2016 showed that approximately 80% of drivers demonstrated significant anger behind the wheel at least one time in the previous year. This anger manifested in the form of dangerous actions. The study revealed that 51% of respondents acknowledged deliberately tailgating, while 47% acknowledged yelling at other motorists. 24% of respondents to the AAA survey acknowledged deliberately attempting to block another vehicle's forward motion and 12% acknowledged cutting off another vehicle for this purpose. Of considerable concern were the 4% who stated they had gotten out of their vehicle to confront another driver. A further 3% said they had bumped into or deliberately rammed into another vehicle out of anger.
When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, they can suffer severe injuries including concussions, cuts and abrasions, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and damage to the spinal cord. Brad Pistotnik is a Kansas motorcycle accident attorney who represents motorcyclists who have suffered road rage incidents in Topeka, Salina, Goodland, Wichita, Colby, or anywhere in Kansas, Illinois, or Nebraska. Individuals who are the victims of the actions of aggressive drivers can pursue compensation for the medical bills, physical therapy, lost income, pain and suffering, mental/emotional distress, and loss of earning capacity caused by a road rage accident.
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