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North Carolina deputy involved in aggressive driving video

Aggressive driving and road rage has safety and legal consequences. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has reported that a substantial number of car crashes are attributed to aggressive driving while road rage incidents have led to death or injuries in all 50 states.

A deputy sheriff from Onslow County, North Carolina resigned after a recent aggressive driving incident in North Charleston that caused a car accident with another driver. According to the driver's video of the incident, which has since gone viral on the internet, the driver was following an Onslow County Sheriff's cruiser on I-526 that was travelling about 50 mph in the left lane of a 60 mph zone. Where I-526 widens into three lanes, the driver uses the right lane to pass the deputy driving in the left lane, passes another vehicle in the center lane and then pulls into the left lane ahead of the deputy. The deputy's cruiser then passes the driver on the right, pulls in front of him on the left lane and immediately hits the cruiser's brakes. The driver then crashed into the rear of the deputy's cruiser.

The North Charleston Police issued the deputy a citation for aggressive operation of a vehicle contributing to this crash. The Onslow County Sheriff's Office reported that the deputy sheriff resigned following a discussion with his superiors. The deputy was in South Carolina for K-9 training.

Aggressive driving may lead to road rage. This reckless behavior may also cause severe consequences entitling car crash victims and other victims to compensation for medical treatment, lost wages and other losses through a civil lawsuit. Family victims may be entitled to compensation for the death of a relative. An accident investigation should begin promptly to obtain evidence such as police reports and eyewitness statements. Time periods often restrict the period in which an individual must file an action.

Source: North Charleston Patch, "N.C. sheriff's deputy causing a collision on I-526 caught on tape," Jonathan Allen, March 20, 2013

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