One driver faces charges of Assault and another driver was cited for Negligent driving after the two men got into a physical altercation after a traffic collision on State Route 167 around 6:38 on February 7.
The Washington State Patrol reports that the two men got into fisticuffs with one hitting the other with a sledge hammer after the collision
It appears that the two men became angry with one another following a lane change. A 33-year-old Renton man who was driving a Nissan 300ZX says that Brett Carter of Bothell forced him off the road. The driver of the minivan then maneuvered in front of the minivan and slammed on the breaks.
The two men then pulled onto the shoulder and Carter hit the driver of the Nissan in the shoulder with a sledge Hammer.
Carter was booked into King County and will be charged with Assault, the driver of the Nissan was cited for negligent driving.
Profile of Someone Who Commits Road Rage
Though Seattle/Tacoma was rated as one of the “most courteous cities” with the least amount of road rage, road rage does occur here. Although drivers of all ages can be involved in an act of road rage, the profile of someone involved in a road rage incident is a male between the ages of 18 and 26, poorly educated and with a history of alcohol and drug use.
However, it is not unheard for an older driver to commit an act of road rage. Sometimes drivers who suffer from a mental illness or has experienced some type of traumaise involved in an incident of road rage. In 2010, Dr. Dennis Geyer, a 38-year-old neurosurgeon was charged of second-degree assault after he was involved in an altercation with 61-year-old Robert Speed and slugged Speed and hit him with a thermos.
What is Road Rage?
Road rage is more than aggressive driving. It is both a criminal and civil offense and it occurs when a drivers uses a motor vehicle to assault another person or when, after a car accident, one driver assaults another driver. In some cases of road rage, a driver intentionally runs another driver off of the road.
What to do if you’ve been a victim of road rage
If you have been seriously injured in an incident of road rage, you should contact a personal injury attorney you can help you establish liability. You can make a claim for compensation for your medical bills and for pain and suffering. Since an assault is an intentional act, you may also be awarded punitive damages which is an award used to punish the other party for their violent and intentional act.
How The Farber Law Group Can Help
The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience representing people who have been injured in assaults, motor vehicle accidents and acts of road rage. We will hard to help you obtain compensation for your damages.
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