Some California motorists may be among the 90 percent of drivers who reported in a 2016 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that they are concerned about the threat that aggressive drivers present to their safety. At the same time, the survey found that about 80 percent of the respondents said that they had become angry or aggressive behind the wheel in the past year.
The survey questioned drivers about specific aggressive behaviors and found that a number of drivers admitted to engaging in these behaviors. Just over half had intentionally tailgated another driver, and almost half had yelled at other drivers. Nearly as many had used their horn to show annoyance. Drivers also said they had made angry gestures, tried to stop other drivers attempting lane changes and had deliberately cut off drivers. A smaller number of people even said they had confronted other drivers outside of their vehicles or deliberately run into another vehicle.
The survey found that men and younger drivers were more likely to be aggressive. Gestures, yelling and honking were more likely from people in the Northeast. Aggressive behavior was also linked to other dangerous driving behavior such as speeding. Experts recommend that people try to avoid escalating incidents of road rage and call 911 if the situation is dangerous.
An encounter with an aggressive driver exhibiting road rage can lead to an accident and catastrophic injuries. The injured person may also suffer a loss of income if there is a long recovery period. When another driver causes an accident, that driver's insurance company should pay for medical expenses and other costs. However, if the driver is uninsured or the insurance company does not offer enough compensation, the injured person might want to talk to an attorney about filing a lawsuit.