One dead after road rage incident on Interstate 40

Tennessee law enforcement is investigating a deadly collision that occurred on Thursday, December 16th in Cumberland County.

Suspected to be a case of road rage, the crash involved two personal vehicles and a commercial tractor-trailer. The accident resulted in one fatality and a four-hour standstill on I-40.

Aggressive driving tactics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage occurs when drivers weaponize their vehicles for the purpose of intimidating or harming other motorists. These incidents account for hundreds of murders in the U.S. annually. The following are signs of possible road rage:

  • Tailgating another vehicle persistently
  • Sudden braking in front of another car without reason
  • Intentionally bumping into other vehicles
  • Blasting the horn for an extended period
  • Forcing another driver off the road
  • Exiting the vehicle to confront another driver

If you recognize hostile behavior on the road, you should exit the situation as safely as possible and alert authorities.

Road rage consequences in Tennessee

Tennessee courts take aggressive driving seriously and “seeing red” is not an excuse for losing control. Depending on the circumstances, offenders can rack up several criminal charges including reckless driving, assault with a deadly weapon, battery or murder. Additionally, bad actors may be liable for any damage or personal injury they cause to others.

You never know what another driver is going through that could cause them to lash out in anger behind the wheel. Therefore, it is important to follow traffic laws, drive defensively and practice situational awareness when traveling the public roadways.