In a recent study, women and younger drivers were found to be more prone to road rage than men. The study conducted by Careerbuilders.com revealed that out of the 4,000 people polled, 58 percent admit to experiencing road rage during their commute. Out of that 58 percent, 61 percent were women and 56 percent of men. The study also found that younger drivers were more prone to road rage than older drivers.
People with longer commutes were more likely to experience road rage. A large number, however, of workers whose commute was less than five minutes also admitted to feeling road rage. Given the heightened risk for motor vehicle accidents among aggressive drivers, these statistics are particularly troubling.
Aggressive driving is dangerous. Everyone on the road with aggressive drivers is potentially at risk for motor vehicle accidents caused by this aggressive and unsafe behavior. According to the New York Police Department, an aggressive driver is someone who drives in a “a selfish, bold or pushy manner without regard for the rights or safety of the other users of the streets and highways.”
Examples of aggressive driving include:
• Weaving through traffic
• Running red lights and stop signs
• Flashing headlights
• Gesturing to other drivers
• Passing on the shoulder
Aggressive driving often results in car accidents, serious injuries and fatalities.
Holding Aggressive Drivers Responsible for Injuries
In Ohio, victims of negligent accidents caused by aggressive drivers may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the accident resulted in the death of a loved one, the victim’s family can bring a wrongful death claim against the aggressive driver. If you or a loved one has been injured because of an aggressive driver, contact an experienced car accident attorney today to explore your options.