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How often does road rage result in motorist injuries and deaths?

Public service announcements (PSAs) you see on television or billboards often focus on those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or who enjoy texting while driving. These PSAs often focus on discouraging motorists from engaging in these behaviors if they wish to avoid potentially fatal collisions.

Despite the fact that it can kill, you hear far less about road rage than you do drunk, drowsy or distracted driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), road rage in the United States is a major problem. Each year, aggressive driving results in at least 66 percent of all traffic-related deaths.

A firearm is involved in some 37 percent of all incidents involving aggressive driving. During the last seven years, at least 12,610 people were injured and 218 were killed in road rage incidents.

NHTSA data shows that male drivers age 18 or younger are most likely to become enraged out on the road. Data also shows that at least 50 percent of all drivers who experience road rage respond in kind by getting aggressive with other motorists themselves. At least 2 percent of all drivers who engage in road rage try to run another person off the road.

There are numerous types of driver behaviors that can be understood as road rage. Some motorists choose to make gestures or scream at others. Others may react far more aggressively such as by trying to run a motorist off the road or accost them at a stop light.

Many traffic safety experts warn that individuals often become enraged by motorists using their high beams when there's oncoming traffic or when they notice motorists being distracted by their phones. In other cases, a motorist may fail to use their turn signal to make a turn or cuts in too short in front of another motorist, setting them off.

Some safety experts argue that motorists can greatly reduce their risk of suffering injuries or having their cars struck by minding traffic laws. They can also stand to think twice about responding to any aggressive action another motorist takes against them.

If you've been injured after being struck by an aggressive driver, then a San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorney can advise you of legal remedies that you can pursue to recover damages in your case.

Source: Safe Motorist, "Aggressive driving and road rage," accessed March 01, 2018

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