Road rage is often referred to as aggressive driving. This happens when a driver becomes extremely angry and intends to create or cause physical harm. Statistics show that 50% of all accidents that end with a fatality are caused by road rage.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in every three fatal car accidents occurs due to road rage. What’s worse is that each year 30 murders are committed by enraged drivers who are carrying a gun in their cars.
Why does road rage happen?
According to a comprehensive study conducted by The Zebra, road rage incidents have increased 500% in the last ten years. One of the biggest reasons that aggressive drivers become enraged is when they are running late. Any car that gets in their way or slows them down is bound to set them off. Rage-filled drivers tend to dehumanize other drivers by only seeing them as cars – not people – that are in their way.
Another reason for road rage incidents is drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These drivers have already made poor decisions by getting behind the wheel. Anything that causes them stress while driving is bound to increase their frustration. That can easily lead to an accident.
What if I’m injured because of an aggressive driver?
Should you be involved in an accident caused by another person’s aggressive driving do not engage the driver. Move your car off to the side of the road and call 911. When help arrives, allow the paramedics to check you for injuries and transport you to the hospital if necessary.
If you have been injured by an aggressive driver you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Find out more about your legal options to hold that aggressive driver accountable.