Road Rage Incidents in America have Risen, Statistics Show
Statistics show that 78% of drivers report committing at least one aggressive driving behavior in the past year. The most common types of road rage are tailgating, yelling, or honking at another vehicle, and are a factor in more than half of all fatal crashes. On average, there are 1,300 injuries related to road rage.
What to Know
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted research in 2016 which showed nearly 80% of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage at least once in the previous year. Earlier research from the AAA Foundation indicates that from 2003 to 2007, over 50% of fatal crashes involved at least one driver who performed a possibly aggressive action.
Tips to Avoid Road Rage Encounters
There are some tips you can take to avoid road rage incidents, and lower your chances of encountering or escalating a road incident.
· Reduce your stress
· Be as courteous to other drivers as you would be in-person
· Never escalate a situation – keep your window rolled up and stay in your vehicle if you encounter an aggressive driver
· Protect yourself – if you are being followed or harassed by an aggressive driver, keep a normal speed, do not react to the driver, and call the authorities if needed.
If you are involved in a car accident and sustained any personal injuries, call Kimmel Carter. We have helped tens of thousands of individuals for nearly 50 years.