Many drivers at some point in their lives will either be involved in a car accident or have a close call on the roads. During those moments, natural instinct might tell a victim or near-victim to be angry and react. The fight reflex kicks in for some, but it is best to fight in legal, reasonable ways.
On Monday, a motorcyclist and his female passenger were driving along Alabama 67 when near tragedy struck. Not just any vehicle almost hit the motorcycle. An 18-wheeler almost collided with the bike, causing the driver to resort to extreme maneuvers. The motorcycle passenger was thrown from the motorcycle and injured.
What exactly happened on the Alabama highway is not disclosed. Based on the motorcyclist's reaction, however, it sounds as though he believes he had something to be upset over with regards to the trucker's driving. The motorcyclist didn't just call the authorities and use the law as a way to try to remedy the unwanted situation.
He made himself a criminal suspect and sent the truck driver to the hospital. After the near truck accident, the motorcyclist allegedly approached the truck, entered the cab and stabbed the driver. What could have just stopped at a traffic accident, therefore, has now resulted in not just an injured passenger, but an injured truck driver and felony assault charges against the motorcycle driver.
When someone gets hurt in a preventable accident, the desire to get even with a careless driver can be tempting. But giving into a violent response just complicates a situation and leads to more injury. With patience and perseverance, a personal injury lawsuit is a legal and healthier way to seek justice.
Source: The Huntsville Times, "Road rage on Alabama 67: After near-collision, motorcycle driver jumps into cab and allegedly stabs driver of 18-wheeler," Chris Welch, June 26, 2012