The Chicago Tribune reported that a road-rage incident in Naperville, Illinois led to the death of a motorcyclist who was not involved in the road-rage argument. Micheal J. Moreno and the passenger of a 16 year old’s car became engaged in an argument. Moreno and the 16 year old driver then continued chasing each other and cutting each other off. This reckless driving continued for a half a mile until Moreno made a sudden left turn and struck the motorcycle driven by Gerald W. Puglise, who died at the scene. Martin attempted to flee from the scene but was caught by police a short distance from the scene of the crash. Moreno was charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Moreno’s bond was set at $750,000,00.
Road-rage injuries are more common than most people are aware. A study conducted by the American Automobile Association found that almost 13,000 people were injured in road rage incidents between 1990 and 1997. Strikingly, out of the almost 13,000 incidents, only 413 involved female drivers. The typical aggressive driver is a younger male with a poor education and a history of criminal activity, and drug and alcohol problems according to the study.
AAA recommends that if an aggressive driver tries start a fight, do not make eye contact and try not to acknowledge the hostile driver. If the aggressive driver continues to chase you, go to a place with lots of people and call the police.
The Chicago injury law firm of Zneimer & Zneimer P.C. handles many auto accident cases where the parties to the accident become very angry at each other. If you are involved in a crash, stay cool, calm and collected. If you start screaming, yelling and becoming violent you run the risk of becoming the bad guy in the accident instead of innocent victim of another persons negligent driving.