Study Shows How Dangerous Road Rage Can Be

While many of us are able to manage our frustration and anger while behind the wheel, a recently released study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that a surprisingly large number of motorists are now failing to keep their emotions at bay.

Indeed, close to 80 percent of drivers surveyed confessed to expressing anger, aggression, or some other form of road rage over the course of the last year, while close to eight million confessed to taking their anger to another level by exiting their vehicle to confront another motorist or, perhaps unbelievably, purposely ramming another vehicle.

Some of the more noteworthy findings of the study included:

  • 51 percent of drivers confessed to purposefully tailgating
  • 24 percent of drivers confessed to blocking other drivers from changing lanes
  • 12 percent of drivers confessed to speeding up to cut off other drivers
  • 3 percent of drivers confessed to purposely ramming other drivers

What makes these findings even more stunning — and perhaps ironic — is that nine out of ten drivers surveyed agreed with the sentiment that aggressive drivers pose a serious threat to personal safety.

Sadly, statistics show that they are right in this belief, as AAA has also found that as many as 56 percent of all fatal accidents involve some form of overly aggressive driving.

What then can drivers, particularly men between the ages of 19-39, do to stay calm and collected while driving?

The answer, according to AAA, is threefold:

  • Don’t be the aggressor, meaning never purposefully perform a driving maneuver that forces another to apply the brakes or turn the wheel
  • Don’t respond to other’s road rage, meaning resist the urge to engage, keep your eyes on the road and, if necessary, call 9-1-1
  • Don’t assume or forget to be forgiving, meaning don’t assume ill will on the part of another driver, as it’s possible they are having a terrible day or simply made a mistake

Always remember that if the reckless conduct of another driver has caused you to suffer serious personal injuries, you can hold seek to hold them legally accountable for their actions.

Memberships & Awards

These are organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Clients Testimonials

We love sharing our client's success stories.

Wonderful law firm that cares

I was injured in a terrible fall which left my foot, arm back and knee badly bruised. The Dozier Law Firm was awesome. Attorney Dustin Hamilton reviewed and accepted my case and within a few months he was able to settle my case for more than I ever imagine. The Dozier Law Firm is A+ in my book.

Ms. T. B.

Reach out today with a phone call or email and we'll be in touch right away.


How Can We Help You?