We’ve all experienced it: the feeling of anxiety, frustration, or pure anger when behind the wheel of a car. But while road rage may be common, it’s not acceptable; in fact, on the contrary, road rage can be quite dangerous, and when a person falls victim to it, dangerous behavior and a serious accident may result. At the law office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., our lawyers are passionate about encouraging safe driving and representing those who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence.

What Is Road Rage?

In order to understand what road rage is, it is first important to familiarize oneself with the term ‘aggressive driving’ and examples of such behavior. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as the operation of a car in a manner that is likely to endanger others, and refers to dangerous on-the-road activities, such as following too closely, speeding, weaving through traffic, or failing to yield.

Road rage, then, is defined by the administration as “angry and violent behaviors at the extreme of the aggressive driving continuum.”

Road Rage Is Prevalent Amongst Drivers

According to a study published by AAA Foundation, nearly 80 percent of drivers express significant anger, aggression, or road rage. These behaviors include:

  • Purposefully ramming into another vehicle;
  • Getting out of the car to confront another driver;
  • Tailgating;
  • Honking to show annoyance or in anger;
  • Yelling at another driver;
  • Cutting off another vehicle on purpose;
  • Making angry gestures; and
  • Purposefully trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes.

As reported by the same data source, those who are most likely to be susceptible to road rage are males drivers and younger drivers, especially those ages 19-39. Relevant to Boston, drivers in the Northeast were 30 percent more likely to have made an angry gesture than those living in other parts of the country. Further, drivers who demonstrate other unsafe behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding, were also found to be more likely to display signs of road rage.

Road Rage Can Be Deadly

It’s easy to see how something like speeding, running a red light, or ramming into another’s vehicle on purpose could be dangerous, and potentially cause serious injuries or even deaths. To be sure, aggressive driving is a contributing factor in a large percentage of crashes across the country.

Call a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by an aggressive driver or a driver suffering from road rage, you deserve to be compensated for your harm. While driving can surely be frustrating at times, this is no excuse for dangerous and negligent behavior that puts others at risk of serious injury.

Our Boston personal injury lawyers are ready to review your case today and provide you with the guidance and representation you’re looking for. Call 617-973-9950 to schedule your free case review, or send our car accident attorneys a message with a brief description of your accident and injuries and we will be in touch shortly.