The 21-year-old daughter of a local Council member is in critical condition after a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 485 Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred on I-485 near Providence Road at approximately 2 p.m. when an SUV clipped her car from behind, sending her spinning off the side of the road.
According to authorities, the driver of the SUV did not stop after the crash. The SUV is light gray in color and may have damage to the front right side from the crash. The woman suffered multiple broken bones, internal injuries, and collapsed lungs.
Witnesses informed troopers that the woman and the suspect were possibly having road rage issues.
Studies reveal that 66 percent of annual traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving such as running red lights, tailgating, and passing on the right. Additionally, of the 20 million injuries related to motor vehicle collisions, a staggering 12,610 are believed to be caused by aggressive driving. One of the challenges about trying to prevent road rage is that you cannot always predict or control the actions of others. However, taking steps to stay calm and patient on the road can go a long way by not encouraging aggressive driving behaviors.
If you notice people around you driving aggressively, be sure to stay alert and be aware of what is happening, especially ahead of you. Try to leave early for your destination so that you wont feel as if you have to rush. If you know you will be spending time in heavy or hectic traffic, find an enjoyable radio station or book on tape to relieve stresses from traffic.
The Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand that even most cautious drivers can be injured in a serious car accident. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.