Washington Driver Causes Accident After Alleged Fit of Road Rage

Washington Driver Causes Accident After Alleged Fit of Road RageA 23-year-old driver in Washington state could face charges of reckless driving after allegedly losing control of her car because of road rage, the Seattle Times reports.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the woman allegedly "flipped the bird" to another driver and subsequently flipped her vehicle over. The driver and two other women in another car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The accident could have been a lot worse, however, state trooper Guy Gill told the news source.

The incident occurred in Pierce County as the woman facing charges was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus in the left lane of Highway 512 around 1 p.m. on August 22. She allegedly tried to move to the right lane but became agitated when the driver of a 1997 Subaru Outback refused or was unable to yield to her. In response, the driver of the Taurus threw up her middle finger in anger, allegedly directed at the other vehicle.

The young woman then lost control of her car and came in contact with the Subaru, sending both cars off the road. The two people in the Subaru were treated for minor injuries, as was the driver of the Taurus.

Road rage, often referred to as aggressive driving, is a major problem on American streets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 6.8 million crashes occur annually in the U.S. and a substantial number are believed to be caused by aggressive drivers. The NHTSA defines aggressive driving as the operation of a motor vehicle that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property. The agency is working to advocate for criminal justice to take a stronger stance against aggressive drivers across the country.