'Road rage' can lead to motor vehicle accidents

Aggressive driving -- sometimes referred to as "road rage" -- is a very real danger on the streets and highways of St. Paul. There are various ways aggressive driving can cause a motor vehicle accident. Drivers who tailgate can cause rear-end collisions. Drivers who change lanes improperly or erratically could side-swipe other vehicles.

Accidents can also occur if a motorist drives on the shoulder of the road, on a sidewalk where pedestrians are present or over the median of the highway. Speeding or racing is another way an aggressive driver can cause a car crash. Aggressive drivers may also refuse to yield to the right of way to other motorists or may fail to obey traffic signals and signs, causing a collision. Improper turns can also lead to auto accidents.

Any of these acts could be considered a breach of a motorist's duty of care. Motorists have a duty to drive safely. If this duty is breached, it could cause an accident. If a person is injured in a crash caused by an aggressive driver, the aggressive driver may be found responsible for the collision. If this is the case, the victim may want to pursue legal action against the aggressive driver.

While driving can sometimes be frustrating, a person should not let their emotions get so out of control that they drive in a reckless or unsafe manner. Doing so can cause a car accident that injures innocent people. When this happens, it is important to hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions. Since this post is for informational purposes only, those who want legal advice following a crash can seek the guidance of an attorney who can assist them in pursuing compensation, if appropriate.

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