Road Rage on 15 Freeway in Ontario Leads to 1 Fatality
Ontario, CA (December 15th, 2020) – On the evening of Monday, December 14th, a shooting was reported in the southbound lanes of the 15 Freeway. The road rage incident left one person dead, according to authorities.
California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Olivas stated that the shooting occurred at about 5 p.m. near Jurupa Ave. Officer Olivas further reported that someone opened fire on a pickup truck driver, fatally injuring him.
Preliminary reports indicate that some form of road rage incident occurred, and shots were fired out of an unknown vehicle. Once the truck driver was struck, he veered off the road and collided with another vehicle before striking a light pole. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to reports, the suspect kept driving on the freeway. It has not yet been determined whether the truck driver was the intended target of the shooting and road rage incident. All southbound lanes on the Freeway were closed for the investigation but were reopened Tuesday morning.
At the time of this report, authorities do not have a description of the suspect(s) or the vehicle. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the California Highway Patrol.
Road rage is a serious concern that affects thousands of drivers each year. It generally refers to aggressive driving, which is used to intimidate and/or attempt to cause harm to another driver on the road. For the most part, road rage is accompanied by feelings of aggression and anger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defined road rage as being the operation of a vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger other persons or property.
In the State of California, all drivers must use reasonable care when operating their vehicles. All vehicle operators should look out for obstacles on the road, as well as pedestrians and other vehicles. Drivers have a legal obligation to control the movement and speed of their vehicles. A failure to use reasonable care while driving is considered negligence in California. Engaging in road rage in a manner that causes harm to others is not using reasonable care while driving. Instead, road rage can be considered a breach of the driver’s duty to use reasonable care while driving, which could hold that driver accountable for the damages that result from their road rage.
When a driver is engaging in road rage, he or she is driving recklessly and with a willful disregard for the safety of others on the road. Drivers who engage in road rage may not only face civil liability, they could also face criminal charges. When the accident results in serious injury, property damage, and death, the negligent driver can face misdemeanor charges or even a felony for the crime.
Road rage is common in Southern California. Many people experience anger when driving, especially during rush hour. While most people express road rage in harmless ways, such as yelling or honking their vehicle horns, others go beyond expressing anger and look for a way to retaliate. Road rage is dangerous when a driver engages in reckless and dangerous driving. When a driver is engaging in aggressive driving, this can involve speeding, cutting off other drivers on the road, refusing to share lanes, running red lights, and disregarding the safety of others on the road.
Victims of road rage have a legal right to pursue liability claims against perpetrators who have caused them harm. Drivers who engage in road rage resulting in traffic accidents that cause serious injury or death of another must be held accountable. Victims of road rage can seek damages that include past and future medical expenses, disability, emotional distress, and a loss of quality of life.
If you or someone you love was injured in a road rage incident, it is critically important to seek the legal support of an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can investigate the case, including collecting important evidence and reviewing surveillance footage of nearby locations to help build a strong case against the liable party. Additionally, a skilled attorney will ensure the victim receives the highest amount of compensation available for his or her injuries and losses. After a traffic accident involving road rage, take immediate action, and speak to a well-versed personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King is highly versed in personal injury cases, including complex car accident cases that involve road rage. When a driver seeks to cause harm by intentionally driving recklessly, that driver should be held accountable for his or her actions. They must also be held responsible for the damages they have caused. Attorney King has the legal resources to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. After a road rage incident has caused you harm, consider obtaining the legal support of Attorney Justin H. King. Call (909) 297-5001 to obtain a free case evaluation today.