When you’re driving, it’s common to feel frustration toward other motorists. Many people can step back from their aggravation, let it pass and go on about their day. Yet, even the most levelheaded drivers may get involved in a road rage incident at some point.
Depending on your role in a road rage incident, you could face charges. By following these tips, you can understand how to work through them.
Defining road rage
Road rage includes a broad spectrum of behaviors that intimidate, threaten or harm other motorists. Some of these actions may seem benign, like tailgating the car in front of you or flashing your headlights at a slow-moving vehicle. Yet these altercations can become dangerous fast. Road range can include behaviors and actions such as:
- Forcing another vehicle off the road
- Cursing or making obscene gestures
- Ramming or sideswiping another vehicle
- Throwing objects at another vehicle
Some expressions of road rage come with a greater risk of danger. Incidents where one driver attacks another, damages their vehicle or brandishes a weapon can lead to serious consequences.
The repercussions of road rage
In New Jersey, even minor acts of road rage come with consequences. If you’re facing road rage charges for the first time, you will likely lose your license for up to 30 days. Further violations could lead to license suspension for up to 120 days. And if you’ve seriously injured another motorist, you may receive a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $15,000.
Discuss your charges with an experienced lawyer
Driving can increase stress, even among the calmest people. While it’s crucial to keep your cool behind the wheel, you may lose it at some point. If you’re facing road rage charges, you can schedule a free consultation with The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo through our contact page or by calling our office at 908-316-8671.