National Road Rage Statistics
Increasing numbers of road rage reports in the media point to a growing problem with driver frustration and aggression on the road. Sometimes that aggression can take a deadly turn.
Fatal traffic accidents, of which as many as 10% might see some form of road rage as a contributing factor, stand at slightly below 35,000 annually. In 1990, that annual number was much higher at 45,000 deaths. In addition, 1990 saw 5.4 million non-fatal injuries and 28 million vehicles damaged in accidents.
Authorities attribute some of the reduction in annual fatal accident numbers to the slower pace of traffic on our crowded roads. But that slower pace also leads to increased driver frustration. So while the numbers of fatal accidents have been declining, the proportion of that number attributable to road rage has been increasing.
In 1988, there were about three media stories covering road rage incidents. By 1994 and 1995, that number had risen to 500. 1996 saw 1600 stories and 1997 saw 4000 stories on road rage across the United States. This year, we’ve seen dozens of stories in Houston media alone.
Insurance statisticians keep tabs on those things, like road rage, that end up costing their companies money. And road accidents cost billions each year. Insurers say that when drivers encounter another aggressive driver, they respond in the following ways:
- 34% honk their horns at the other driver;
- 27% yell at the aggressor;
- 19% give the finger right back;
- 17% flash their headlights;
- 7% copy the offending aggressive driving behavior; and
- 2% actually try and run the other driver off the road.
- Younger drivers in the age range of 18 to 24 (67%) are much more likely than older drivers of age 65 or above (30%) to engage in road rage behaviors.
- Alarmingly, those with children in the vehicle (59%) are more likely to respond with road rage than those without (45%).
- And cell phone users (59%), already distracted in their driving, are more likely to respond aggressively than non-cell phone users (39%). (Source: Response Insurance)
Authorities say that the best way to avoid becoming a victim of road rage is to not respond aggressively to other drivers and to drive with courtesy. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in the Houston, Texas area, you should contact Tony Denena and Chad Points of the Denena Points Law Firm. Schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation. Our Texas Board Certified Houston personal injury attorneys have the skill and many years of experience successfully representing personal injury, vehicle accident, and wrongful death cases in Houston and throughout Texas that you need to win your claim.
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