Car accidents are never a pleasant experience, but for a Fayetteville driver and bystanders last week things were taken to a new level of unpleasant via road rage.
Road rage is very real. We have all gotten angry while sitting in traffic on Interstate 49 or 540, headed to Rogers or Bentonville. We have all watched cars cut us off, steal our parking spots, or some other act. In my years in Northwest Arkansas I have seen many drivers yell, honk, and make crude hand gestures at other drivers. However, on Friday, April 29, 2016, something more than unpleasant words or horn blasting occurred.
On S. Shiloh Drive in Fayetteville, two men were involved in an accident. One of the men apparently got angry after attempting to pass another car, because of his anger he decided to cut the car off, hitting the front of the other car. After hitting the car he stopped his own car at an angle blocking all of traffic on Shiloh Drive.
He then got out of his car and went to the driver’s side of the car he hit, opened the door and began to attack the other driver. He was strangling the other driver who was trying to crawl to the passenger side and escape. A couple of bystanders, who were brave and well deserving of applause, were able to stop the attack and get the victim of this road rage out of the car and away from the other driver.
People often joke about road rage. Being in Northwest Arkansas, where the traffic is not like Los Angeles or Houston, many people may not take people’s road rage seriously, but for these two drivers, bystanders, and witnesses it was very real and I imagine very scary.
Each car accident has a victim, whether you agree with calling them that or not, someone has been injured or their life interrupted by something that was not their fault. Here, the victim appears fortunate others came to his aid. So while Northwest Arkansas may have had one person attack someone out of road rage, it is clear from those bystanders’ actions that Northwest Arkansas has more people who will help someone in need.
If you have been in a car accident it is important for you to call a qualified attorney and talk to him or her about what has happened. You can contact us at 800-698-3644 or 479-621-0006.
For the news coverage and source on this attack please see the link: http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/police-arrest-man-for-road-rage-attack