Shootings, rammings & cursing | Road rage incidents on the rise

Violent road rage is on the rise.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Violent road rage is on the rise and it's a dangerous behavior that can leave scary consequences.

Law enforcement is seeing a drastic increase in driver-involved shootings, even using their vehicles as weapons.

In the most recent case, the driver is telling NBC Charlotte someone rammed his car trying to run him off the road.

"It was just like something you'd see out of a movie," said Thomas Casey, a road rage victim.

"He's flipping you off, he's cursing at you and then he decides to use his car as a weapon and then ram you... what's going through your head?" asked NBC Charlotte's Xavier Walton

"It really scared me and to be honest, I didn't know if once he hit me was I going to spin out and ever see my kids again," said Casey.

Thomas experienced textbook road rage and he's not alone. In recent weeks, NBC Charlotte has investigated several cases just like his.

"Is this man trying to kill me right now? What is going on?" questioned Tiffany Sterling, a road rage victim.

There was also a similar situation in Gastonia on Halloween, creating a real-life horror story.

"He shot through my baby's window," a man told 911 dispatchers.

Just hours after the road rage incident on I-85, there was another one on I-77 in Charlotte.

However, stories like these stretch far beyond Carolina's borders.

"They start fighting," said a witness to road rage. "One got on top of the other and pulled out gun shot her in the gut."

In Oklahoma, videos show the driver of a truck spinning out a red car. Dozens have happened more just like it across the country.

In Texas, a driver pointed a gun at someone and in California, a motorcyclist and a driver ignite a chain reaction crash. Both incidents were caught on camera.

According to AAA, nearly 80 percent of drivers have admitted experiencing significant anger behind the wheel. More than 8 million drivers have engaged in an extreme form of road rage including ramming another car or confronting a driver.

"A bullet has no one's name on it and we should remember we are carrying precious cargo," said Tiffany Wright, a AAA spokesperson. 

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