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Two drivers injured in head-on road rage collision

Aggressive driving and road rage are highly dangerous behaviors that can result in serious injury or death. Road rage is suspected as the cause of a three-car crash earlier this month in South Carolina which resulted in two serious injuries.

The accident occurred on the 400 block of Clemson Road in Columbia at about 5 p.m. According to police, a Chrysler Sebring heading north on Clemson Road was passed by a BMW where the two northbound lanes merge into one road. The 40-year-old Chrysler driver sped up and drew even with the BMW in the face of oncoming traffic. He then started pointing and yelling at the BMW driver and made two attempts to run the BMW off of the road.

On the second attempt, the Chrysler crashed into the BMW's front driver side. The Chrysler driver then ran his car off of the road's right shoulder, over-corrected the steering and drove straight into oncoming traffic, where he struck an oncoming Chevy Equinox head-on. The Chrysler and Chevy then hit an embankment. The Chevy's driver was ejected from his car seat upon impact.

The Chevy driver suffered serious head and neck injuries. The Chrysler's driver sustained a fractured back. Both drivers are hospitalized. The BMW driver is uninjured. Police charged the Chrysler driver with first degree assault and battery and reckless driving.

Victims of aggressive driving, road rage and other reckless or negligent driving are entitled to compensation for medical treatment, lost wages and other losses from a car accident. Family members may file a wrongful death action if a family member dies in an auto accident. An accident investigation should commence promptly to obtain evidence and because time periods restrict the time a civil action may be filed.

Source: The State, "Columbia man charged in three-car road rage crash," John Monk, April 14, 2013

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