The number of fatal accidents linked to road rage is on the rise
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as, “The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Road rage is a form of extremely aggressive driving that leads to intentional violent actions against another driver. Road rage goes one step beyond aggressive driving as it involves both a traffic violation and a criminal offense.
The road rage statistics in the U.S. are overwhelming. People are more at risk than ever of becoming victims of aggressive, enraged drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal accidents related to enraged drivers has increased times ten since 2004. In 2004, aggressive driving or road rage was cited by police officers as a contributing factor in 26 fatal crashes on U.S. highways. In 2013, this number increased to 247 fatalities. Common causes of road rage include:
- Hostile displays
- Lane usage
- No turn signal
- Erratic braking
This list is just a sampling of what can cause road rage, but anything can set-off a stressed out driver. If you ever meet an excessively aggressive of the driver, be prepared to take precautions to protect yourself.
What do I do if I ever encounter a hostile driver?
The roads today are dangerous enough without including those drivers who become enraged and intentionally drive recklessly in an attempt to scare or harm another driver. Be prepared to protect yourself should you ever come across a hostile driver. If you ever encounter an aggressive driver, police advise the following:
- Do not engage the aggressive driver.
- Slow down and let them pass.
- If they become combative, call 911 and stay on the phone with the dispatcher until the aggressive driver departs.
Should the interaction with a hostile driver escalate, leading to a car crash, you may be injured and most likely will be very shaken by the experience. You may be disoriented, but gathering certain information may help police identify the hostile driver and hold him or her accountable for the crash and any injuries sustained. Try to provide the following information to the police:
- The license plate, make and model of the vehicle
- A description of the incident
- Contact information of any eyewitnesses
Additionally, keep track of any medical records and bills resulting from your treatment of crash related injuries. Documenting any property damage sustained in the crash will also be helpful. These records will all be evidence of your injuries and expenses to show the insurance companies that you deserve to be compensated.
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