Abels & Annes

Fatal Chicago car accident may have resulted from road rage

Police believe road rage may have been responsible for a three-vehicle Chicago car accident that occurred in suburban Maywood on Thursday night.

The Sun-Times reported that two men and a woman were killed after a Honda SUV collided with a Mercedes at the intersection of First and Chicago avenues about 10:30 p.m.

NBC Chicago reported an 18-year-old driver was eastbound on Chicago Avenue in his mother’s minivan when he noticed an SUV parked at the curb with what appeared to be an unconscious driver. When he called police and turned around to help, the 21-year-old driver of the SUV apparently became enraged.

The driver of the minivan fled and both vehicles reached speeds of 90 mph before running a red light, where the SUV slammed into the Mercedes. The SUV’s driver was killed, along with two occupants of the Mercedes.

The men, ages 21 and 36, and a 57-year-old woman, were killed. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene while the other two were transported to Loyola University Medical Center, where they died.

Our Chicago injury lawyers have written about the dangers of road rage before. Typically, aggressive driving, includes speeding, tailgating, horn honking and erratic passing, while road rage involves a criminal offense, such as threats, intimidation or assault.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides tips for dealing with aggressive drivers or road-rage situations.

-Don’t become aggressive; get out of the way of an aggressive driver.

-Don’t challenge an aggressive driver by attempting to hold your lane or other forms of matching aggression.

-Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver; eye contact can actually provoke an angry driver.

-Ignore obscene gestures and don’t return them.

-Pull over to a safe location and notify law enforcement.