(EMAILWIRE.COM, January 21, 2016 ) Chicago, IL -- In Little Falls, New Jersey, May Lee and her two children were run off the road by Milton Aganon, 25 who was tailgating Lee at 80 miles per hour. Both of Lees legs were broken, and the children suffered injuries.
These are not one-off instances. The trend of road rage and violence is constantly on the rise on our roads. What could be the possible causes for this phenomenon and what are the social consequences of road rage?
There are various factors that cause road rage and reckless driving. From a history
A Narcissistic Pride
This may sound incredible to a lot of people, but narcissism is one of the key reasons behind road rage. We are living in a world where everyone is trying to prove that he or she is the best. There is often a feeling of My Vehicle is better than yours. And how do you establish that? By speeding, by pulling all sorts of stunts on the roads, by tailgating, and seeking attention through honking.
These are all signs of narcissistic aggression, where you constantly try to draw attention to yourself even while you are on the road. This often leads to pulling daring stunts that can endanger the life of the driver, as well as others on the road. Competitiveness is at its peak in the United States. In such situations, the ego battles transfer to the roads as well. More and more people are subscribing to and endorsing this kind of unchecked egos, and a need for superiority, that causes havoc on our roads.
Drunk and Fatigued Behind the Wheel
Sleep deprivation, fatigue and drunk driving can lead to serious accidents on the road, harming innocent people. Statistics support the facts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Sleep Foundation give the figures that young adults between 18-20 form the highest group of drowsy, distracted and drunk drivers. They automatically become responsible for some of the most fatal accidents. Drinking and driving is neither cool nor acceptable. But often the alternative message gets conveyed. Often times people that are under the influence of alcohol drive recklessly. In many cases this reckless driving causes harm to themselves and often times to other drivers. In these situations, you may need the help of a Top Joliet DUI lawyer.
Wrong Sense of Control, Power and Catharsis
The phenomena is as social as it is psychological. People constantly face a lot of pressure and deadlines. Often they feel powerless and suffocated. Under such circumstances rash driving serves as an outlet to all the pent up emotions. Even a slight provocation can lead to extreme antagonistic actions. Its not necessary that these people have anger issues, but something suddenly strikes, and they become aggressive and violent.
At these moments of impulsive violence, an individual can resort to deliberate destruction. At that point of time, this gives him a sense of control and power over the weak or vulnerable, which they are not getting elsewhere.
There are two sides to this story. Some of this road rage is manifested through cussing, honking and other verbal aggression. In more severe cases blocking, chasing, cutting off, takes place. But this is all from within the vehicle. There have been other instances where drivers have chased down a particular car or individual in a state of rage and indulged in fighting, shooting, etc. This becomes a different side of road rage, that takes place outside the vehicle. It has often led to murders as well.
People can be held liable when their reckless actions cause injury to other people. You may find yourself in a situation whereby you need a top local Joliet DUI attorney for issues involving drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol. In other situations, you may need a Top Joliet criminal defense lawyer to help you with reckless driving charges. Road rage and reckless driving is never acceptable. You can learn more @ Our website.
The Tomczak Law Group
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