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The deadly, ugly increase of road rage in America

Road rage used to be a funny term drivers used for getting frustrated when they were cut off by another driver or when someone was going too slow in the fast lane. In today's world, the term is inspiring more and more fear as road rage incidents become all too common and even deadly.

In 2013, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage was a factor in 247 fatal accidents. Stories of shootings, fights and even death after a road rage incident are becoming more common, and one of the keys to reducing the problem may lie in determining what causes these intense situations.

Factors that contribute to aggressive driving

It may never be known what causes an individual to fly into a rage while on the road, but the NHTSA has done research into what factors cause a driver to become aggressive. Those factors include:

  • Running late
  • Clinical or habitual behavior
  • Traffic delays
  • Anonymity
  • Disregard for the law
  • Disregard for others

In some cases, even the fact that a driver is running late can lead to a situation that turns deadly quickly. The factors listed above cause drivers to engage in risky driving behaviors, including speeding, tailgating, weaving through traffic, running stop lights or signs and failing to yield to the right of way for another driver.

Stay away from road rage

It may seem like a simple error: you cut someone off on accident, or do not realize that they are trying to get around you on the freeway. For some, these are simple errors that can throw someone into an anger so intense that the situation becomes dangerous quickly. To avoid dangerous road rage situations, drivers are encouraged to:

  • Use the horn only when necessary.
  • Always drive politely.
  • Slow down and let an aggressive driver go around.
  • Call road rage hotlines if you fear the situation.
  • Get away from an aggressive driver, even if you must pull over into a safe parking lot.
  • Never drive when you are stressed.
  • Try to give yourself enough time to get to your destination.
  • Smile and wave if you have made a driving error that frustrated another driver.
  • Never yell or make rude gestures at another driver.
  • If you fear you are going to be attacked, call emergency services immediately.

Road rage incidents can quickly spiral out of control if you are not prepared to deal with them. If you have been involved in an acciden t or incident that resulted in an injury because of another driver's rage, you may benefit from speaking to an attorney as quickly as possible.

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