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Study reveals high degree of driver rage

Many New York drivers have likely experienced some sort of road rage incident, either as perpetrators or victims. The stress of everyday life, the increasing amount of traffic and the perception that others are driving inconsiderately all contribute to the increasing amount of this type of behavior.

A 2016 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that almost 80 percent of drivers had felt anger, aggression or acted out in a fit of road rage within the previous 12 months. Some of the aggression and rage was serious enough to result in motor vehicle accidents. According to the study, some of the expressions of anger and road rage have minor consequences, such as 45 percent of drivers honking to express their anger and 47 percent yelling at another driver. However, some of the expressions are actually much more serious. Slightly more than half of drivers admitted to tailgating another driver on purpose, 24 percent said they had attempted to block another driver from changing lanes, and 3 percent had bumped another vehicle on purpose.

Demographics from the study show that Northeastern drivers were more prone to road rage incidents than those in other parts of the country. Young males between the ages of 19 and 39 were three times as likely as female drivers to get out of their vehicles and confront another driver over their behavior on the road. Drivers who admitted to illegal behavior, such as running red lights and speeding, also were more likely to behave aggressively by doing things such as cutting off other vehicles.

New York residents who have been injured caused by another driver's aggressive behavior might choose to contact a lawyer to discuss filing a personal injury lawsuit. Such a lawsuit could be successful even if no criminal charges are filed.

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