Road RageHouston, TX-We are so accustomed to driving that it is easy to forget that a vehicle can be a deadly weapon under the wrong circumstances. As motorists, we take plenty of risks, some of which we don’t realize are actual dangers.
Most motorists have argued with someone while they are driving with little consideration to the risk they are posing for themselves and others. This the case of deadly collision in Buffalo, Texas, a town over a hundred miles north of Houston.
The accident occurred early Monday morning in the northbound lanes of Interstate 45. According to KWTX, a Ford-150 truck with four occupants lost control on an icy overpass that spans Highway 64 and plunged over the side.
The truck landed upside down on the highway, causing one passenger to suffer fatal injuries.
Police are still investigating the accident, but told KWTX they believe an argument between the driver and one of the passengers caused the driver to spin out of control.
“They lost control of the vehicle went into the center lanes, median and went off the embankment of the bridge and landed at the bottom of the bridge with the front of the truck,” said Chief Lance Pavelka of Buffalo Police, according to KBTX.
The driver and three passengers were taken to local hospital for treatment.
Police have not decided if the driver will face charges for the accident, but noted that none of the passengers were wearing their seat belts.
This was not your typical accident, and though it wasn’t a case of road rage, it does show us what can a happen when our tempers get the best of us. There is a lesson we can learn from this accident: Do not argue when you drive! If you can’t let it go, pull over!
Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA, found that road rage accounted for 218 deaths and 12,610 injuries between 1990 and 1996. During that study period, researchers discovered that each year the number of road rage accidents increased by 7 percent, so suffice it to say that 20 years after the study, road rage is a growing problem.
A 2011 incident of road rage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana can serve as an example of how devastating these types of accidents can be for the parties involved.
This accident involved a motorist who had been drinking and caused and fiery collision that left five people dead. The deadly chain of events began with an enraged driver, David Leger, who became involved in what was described as a “cat and mouse” game with a motorist on I-10.
Leger and the motorist topped speeds of 85 mph, when suddenly, Leger lost control, crossed the center median of the highway and slammed head-on into another vehicle. That vehicle burst into flames, killing all five occupants including three children.
We all get frustrated when we drive, but if anger and frustration leads to a deadly crash, the person responsible must pay for the harm they cause. A Texas accident attorney will use their vast experience to ensure the injury victims they advocate for receive a settlement that adequately covers their medical costs and their suffering.

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