A road rage incident in Garden Grove early morning on Dec. 8 resulted in gunfire and ended in a crash that sent one person to the hospital. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, a police officer came across a major traffic accident at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Lampson Avenue and learned that a shooting had also taken place. An investigation showed that occupants of a red 2007 Ford pickup truck and a white 2014 Hyundai sedan were traveling west on the 22 Freeway when they became involved in a road rage incident.
The vehicles exited the freeway and drove northbound on Harbor Boulevard and one of the people in the Ford, later identified as 22-year-old Pedro Montellana, shot at the occupants of the Hyundai. The driver of the Hyundai, 19-year-old Juan Batalla-Olmedo, ended the altercation when he intentionally struck the pickup truck, officials said. Police arrested both men and determined that the weapon used in the incident was a BB gun. A passenger was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garden Grove Police Department.
Road Rage Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving, and 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. Males under 19 years of age are the most likely to exhibit road rage. Half of all drivers who are on the receiving end of an aggressive behavior such as honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves. Over a seven-year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage. Two percent of drivers admit to trying to run an aggressor off the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving road rage, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you sustained. In such cases, evidence such as surveillance video or dashcam video can be extremely valuable. In addition to facing potential criminal charges, the at-fault motorists can also be held financially responsible for the damages caused.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to hold the at-fault parties accountable and help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.