A strange case of road rage still has people around Boise talking and shaking their heads. In recent years we’ve all become used to hearing about road rage, and some of us have witnessed it. But earlier this month Boise police asked for the public’s help in solving a very unusual incident. In this case, a bicyclist reportedly chased down a car, causing more than $1,000 in damage as he kicked and hit the car and tried to pull one of the occupants out of the vehicle.
Details of the incident were made public on July 17, but the incident took place nearly a month earlier, on June 22. That evening a motorist and his passenger reported that the cyclist rode up to their vehicle while they were on Fort Street and struck the windshield with his hand.
They encountered him again multiple times as they continued on, and in later meetings he kicked the car, tore off the mirror on one side of the vehicle, and attempted to open the passenger door. The passenger of the car was able to take a photo of the cyclist, which police have circulated.
The cause of the cyclist’s anger is unknown—or at least has not been reported. Police are hoping the cyclist will be identified from the photo or come forward on his own and give his side of the story that led to this strange confrontation.
As a personal injury law firm, we often encounter cases involving bicyclists. But usually these cases are the result of a motorist taking a reckless or negligent action and injuring or killing a cyclist. This is the only incident we can recall where the initial reports point in the other direction. Still, until all the actual facts are known, we can’t know what set things in motion.
Before you—as a motorist—shrug something like this off or—as a cyclist—assume that it’s justified, think again. Acting on road rage impulses can lead to tragic consequences for all involved.
Only a week before this altercation was made public, a local man was convicted of manslaughter for his role in a November road rage incident that left another man dead.
It’s not clear who started things off in that incident, and the victim did leave his car to attack the other driver. But tempers were clearly out of control when the second driver not only shot the first man, but then also chased him down to shoot him three more times. His claim of self-defense has many skeptics.
No one was physically injured in the June cyclist incident, but the potential was there, especially when one of the parties involved began pursuing the other. If you’ve been hurt in any kind of vehicle accident, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney. The team at Craig Swapp & Associates has handled many automobile accident cases and can help you reach the outcome you deserve.
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