An early-morning crash in Seattle on Sunday left one woman dead, and the Washington State Patrol is investigating whether it was the result of road rage. The incident occurred just north of state Route 520 on Interstate 5.
A 20-year-old woman was killed. The passenger in her vehicle – a 25-year-old man – was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
State Patrol is looking for an unidentified red or maroon pickup truck, which was reportedly involved in the road rage crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Patrol detectives.
Watch Out For Road Rage
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage is defined as, “an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or is caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.”
Don’t confuse aggressive driving and road rage. While both can put the driver and those around them in danger, road rage is significantly worse. Driving aggressively is a traffic offense, while road rage is a criminal offense. People with road rage use a vehicle or weapon to intentionally assault another driver.
The following are road rage behaviors that lead to accidents:
- An action that stops traffic
- Reckless lane switching
- Tailgating (following closely behind) another vehicle
- Cutting off other drivers
- Driving aggressively while arguing or giving hand signals
- Running a red light
In An Accident Caused By Road Rage?
The Washington State accident attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S., welcome you to reach out to us if you have been part of a road rage accident in the Evergreen State, as you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Chris Davis has represented hundreds of injured clients over the past 20-plus years, and is eager to put his knowledge and experience to work for you.
Victims of any accident deserve to know that someone is on their side taking care of them. For a free case evaluation, call (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page and let us know about your experience with the accident.