A motorcyclist involved in a 2017 multi-vehicle car accident on the 14 Freeway that stemmed from a road rage incident whose video went viral, has been arrested eight months later. The man has been identified as 44-year-old Andrew Flanigan. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the dangerous incident, which was caught on camera, occurred on June 21, 2017. Flanigan, who was on the motorcycle, is accused of speeding up to a sedan and kicking the side of the vehicle. His action caused the sedan to veer left, crash into the wall and strike a pickup truck that ended up on its roof.
Road Rage and Hit-and-Run
Flanigan then left the scene, officials said. At least one person was hospitalized with injuries. A passenger who shot the video of this incident that went viral said he saw the driver of the sedan inadvertently cut off the motorcyclist. Clearly, it all went downhill from there. California Highway Patrol officials said Flanigan faces three felony charges including assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run and reckless driving. Officials said they were investigating the crash as a road rage incident and a possible hit-and-run. The person who recorded the video turned it over to the CHP.
We are indeed relieved that this motorcyclist who reportedly caused a multi-vehicle car accident, injured one person and then left the scene has been apprehended. We hope the victim is recovering from his injuries.
Aggressive Driving is a Problem
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving and road rage are responsible for 66 percent of traffic fatalities on U.S. roadways. About 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. Also, males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage. Nearly 50 percent of all drivers who are subjected to aggressive behavior such as honking, tailgating or a rude gesture said in a NHTSA survey that they responded with aggressive behavior as well.
When a road rage incident causes a car accident, as it did in this case, the at-fault driver, in addition to facing criminal charges and penalties, can be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, costs relating to rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims in such cases would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will help ensure that they receive maximum compensation for their losses.