Man experiences road rage while driving and slams on horn while making a fist with the other hand

How Does Road Rage Lead to Car Accidents?

Driving around Los Angeles is stressful, no doubt. However, it’s important to effectively manage the stress so that it doesn’t get the best of you.

When you’re stressed out, it’s easy to get angry. When you get angry while behind the wheel, you may start to experience road rage.

Road Rage Explained

Essentially, road rage is aggressive driving and usually occurs as a result of any of the following:

  • Daily life stressors
  • Traffic congestion or delays
  • Running late
  • Anonymity while driving
  • Disregard for other drivers and the law
  • Routine or learned behavior

Road rage is often characterized by:

  • Tailgating
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Speeding
  • Yelling
  • Honking in anger
  • Making aggressive gestures
  • Trying to prevent another car from changing lanes
  • Purposely cutting off another car
  • Getting out of the car to confront another driver
  • Purposely bumping or ramming another car

Ways In Which Road Rage Leads to Accidents

According to one study, road rage led to 56% of all accidents that occurred between 2003 and 2007. What’s more, nearly 80% of drivers have experienced severe anger or aggression while driving at least once in the past year.

For over 20 years, speeding has been one of the leading causes of car accidents. In fact, speeding has been a significant factor in about one-third of all car accident deaths.

How To Avoid a Road Rage Accident

Even though you can’t control the way others behave on the road, there are ways for you to reduce your likelihood of causing a road rage accident, such as:

  • Being gentle with yourself and others.
    • Give yourself and others a break. After all, no one is perfect.
  • Being mindful of your hand gestures and body language.
    • Be positive with your gestures. For instance, give a friendly wave to another driver who lets you in when merging.
  • Avoiding tailgating.
    • Tailgating is never a safe driving practice and should always be avoided.
  • Avoiding the use of your horn.
    • Honking your horn will cause everyone around you to experience stress. Try not to honk the horn unless absolutely necessary.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident as a result of another’s road rage, you may be owed compensation. Our attorneys are highly skilled in this area of the law and have helped many others in similar situations. Let us see if we can help you, too.

Contact the skilled team at Vahdat & Associates today to discuss the details of your case by calling (888) 523-1698 or by filling out the online contact form.