The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that two suspects have been arrested in a case of “road rage” after a someone fired three shots into an Acura driven by Ismael Mejia of Mount Vernon, Washington on I-90. No one was seriously injured in the incident but a 5-year-old girl from Warden was cut by flying glass.
Mejia called 9-1-1 after the incident and troopers stopped a Toyota in Easton and arrested a 31-year-old Tacoma man and a 20-year-old Malaga woman. A gun was found in their car. They are in custody for investigation of assault.
According to the Washington State Patrol, road rage and aggressive driving are becoming more common place. The incident that occurred on I-90 is an extreme example but some cases of road rage can result in an accident involving serious injuries or even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage and aggressive driving:
- Aggressive Driving
- a driver commits two or more moving violations which are likely to endanger other persons OR, a driver commits a single moving violation that requires another driver to perform a defensive maneuver. Aggressive driving can include:
- Tailgating — following another vehicle too closely
- Honking the horn when not necessary
- Flashing head lights at other motorists to annoy them or to make them move over or get out of ones way
- Braking suddenly to annoy the following driver
- Passing traffic and then slowing down to annoy other drivers
- Speeding to beat a red light
- Road Rage
- an assault with a motor vehicle or another weapon by an driver or passenger or one motor vehicle against the driver or passengers for another vehicle because of an incident that occurred while driving.
If you are a victim of aggressive driving or road rage, you should call 9-1-1 immediately to report the other vehicle. In addition, you can report unsafe drivers to the Washington State department of Licensing (click here for more information). You can also report aggressive driving to the Washington State Patrol on-line (click here for more information).
If your vehicle accident was caused by a driver that was aggressively driving, they are considered negligent. If you have serious injuries you should contact an auto accident attorney immediately. The Farber Law Group is experienced and knowledgeable in handling auto accident cases and we will insure your rights are protected. Please contact us for a free case consultation.