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Study Finds Incidents of Road Rage are on the Rise in the United States

September 16, 2019

UNITED STATES – According to an online news article at, just last week, a woman from Wisconsin who was teaching her son how to drive was shot and killed in a road rage incident following a minor car accident.  Late this summer, a man from Atlanta ran over another individual who he thought was throwing golf balls at his vehicle.  In the mid-summer, a road-raged woman attempted to shoot at another vehicle but mistakenly shot her husband instead.  Two young children and their parents also sustained injuries in a road rage incident when a driver shot a gun at their car, which caused their fireworks inside to ignite.

Road rage has been on the rise for several years. In fact, fatal car accidents linked to driving aggressively soared up to 500% in ten years, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   In 2006, the number of road rage accidents was 80.  Back in 2015, it increased to 467.  

The Trace, which is a non-profit news organization that tracks gun-related violence, found that incidents of drivers using a gun in a threatening way or firing it at another driver or passenger increased from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016.   In the first six months of 2017, the organization tracked 325 road rage incidents, which came out to about two per day.  

According to statistics generated in 2016, the American Automobile Association’s Foundation for Traffic Safety provides that about 80% of drivers who were polled experienced aggression, anger or road rage at least once per year.  It also reported as follows:

  • Over 50% of those polled admitted to tailgating on purpose.  
  • 47% of those polled admitted to yelling at other drivers.
  • 45% of those polled admitted to using their horn in anger or annoyance.
  • 33% of those polled admitted to using obscene gestures when behind the wheel.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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