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Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Statistics

Aggressive driving is a real problem. More precisely, aggressive driving and road rage statistics are profoundly startling in the U.S. Unfortunately, many drivers are guilty of being struck with road rage. In fact, over half of drivers asked admitted to retaliating in an aggressive manner when another driver did something to provoke them, according to Safe Motorist. Aggressive driving is defined as a driver who “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive driving plays a role in 66% of fatal traffic accidents. While many acts of road rage are intended to threaten, at least two percent of drivers admit to attempting to run another vehicle off the road, which takes aggressive driving to another level entirely. Many aggressive drivers exhibit the following driving behaviors:

  • Flash headlights;
  • Tailgate;
  • Flip off or make other gestures to drivers;
  • Use the horn;
  • Swerve;
  • Drive with a firearm;
  • Change lanes frequently;
  • Change lanes too quickly and without warning;
  • Do not use turn signals; and
  • Talk on or text with cell phones.

It should not come as a surprise that drivers who maneuver their vehicles aggressively also lack compassion for the safety of other road users by distracting themselves with cell phones and other electronic devices. At least 26 percent of traffic accidents are caused by drivers using cell phones, according to the National Safety Council.

To Avoid Further Conflict, Remain Calm and Do Not Retaliate

It is good to remember that your primary goal whenever you are out on the road is to get home safely. This may be hard to recall at times of great distress, because the lack of blood flow to the brain makes it difficult to think or even speak clearly. During moments of fight or flight, the body releases stress hormones, and one of their functions is to cause the brain’s blood supply to be diverted to the extremities. To counter this, take a few slow, deep breaths to stifle thoughts of retaliation, to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (to stop the fight or flight response), and to increase blood flow to the brain. The last thing you want to do is escalate the situation, especially since 37 percent of road rage cases involve a firearm.

There Is Help For Accident Victims Of Road Rage

If you have been injured in a car collision that involved aggressive driving on the other party’s behalf, you may be able to collect compensation. This money can be used to pay for your property damage, pain and suffering, and any injuries you sustained. No one should ever be excused for aggressive driving, especially because it sets a terrible precedent for their future behavior. Contact an experienced Columbus, Ohio car accident attorney TODAY at the law offices of Ed Schottenstein. We can be reached at (614) 467-8474 and are here to help you navigate past this difficult and traumatic situation.