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To tangibly illustrate the dangers of aggressive behavior behind the wheel, here’s a hard fact: aggressive driving is responsible for over half of all recent traffic fatalities. In California, aggressive behavior, sometimes known as road rage, has been added to the list of behaviors which are now included in the state’s reckless behavior laws.

A reckless behavior is essentially any action which lacks an intention to cause harm, but which nevertheless still goes beyond simple negligence.


According to statistics compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety during a recent four year period, 106,727 fatalities – 55.7% of the total  – involved drivers who were guilty of committing one or more common aggressive driving behaviors. The most common aggressive driving action in these incidents was speeding.

Aggressive driving greatly increases the likelihood of sustaining severe injuries in a car accident, and possibly even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that more than 11,000 people are killed yearly in car crashes caused by aggressive driving. In dollar amounts, car accidents directly attributable to aggressive driving totaled close to $40 billion dollars in damages, medical costs, and legal fees.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”

Common examples of aggressive driving include behaviors such as:

  • Speeding.
  • Taking out anger or frustration on other drivers.
  • Frequent, unsafe, and unpredictable lane changes.
  • Failing to stop at red lights.
  • Disregarding stop signs and other traffic signals.
  • Driving illegally on the sidewalk, shoulder, or median.
  • Passing other cars in zones where passing is prohibited.
  • Not signaling for turns or lane changes.
  • Ignoring cues or signals from other drivers.
  • Failing to yield right of way.
  • Driving in a negligent or reckless manner.
  • Tailgating.
  • Screaming, yelling, and obscene hand gestures.


Road rage is such an ingrained part of our American culture that we even make fun of overly intense and angry drivers whenever we see them misbehave on the road.

But for anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of another driver’s aggressive behavior, the experience is deadly serious and it can be terrifying. Road rage statistics illuminate a reality that is pure common sense: aggressive driving is more deadly than many of us know.

To further drive the point home, data gathered by determined that 66% of all recent traffic fatalities were directly linked to instances of aggressive driving. Disturbingly, 37% of those deaths were caused by a firearm and not an actual driving accident, which proves the point that instances of road rage often end in very tragic circumstances.

The American Safety Council provides the following alarming road rage statistics:

  • Road rage is most commonly exhibited by young males.
  • 37% of all road rage incidents involve firearms.
  • Half of all drivers subject to road rage behaviors responded with aggressive. behaviors of their own.

If you ever encounter an angry driver on the road, here are the following recommendations:

  1. Get out of the way.
  2. Do not make eye contact.
  3. Avoid rude hand or facial gestures.
  4. Call 911 if you are concerned for your safety.

If you have sustained injuries as a result of another driver’s aggressive driving, you have the right to hold that driver responsible. An attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 888 341 9802 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


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