Arizona motorists may be some of the almost 80 percent of those who exhibit substantial anger, hostility or road rage while behind the wheel. This is according to the results of a study published in 2016 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The most concerning findings of the study indicate that nearly 8 million drivers in the country acted out road rage behaviors. This included intentionally driving into another vehicle or exiting a vehicle to challenge someone. According to a representative of the foundation, multiple factors can turn simple annoyances into road rage. She also stated that many drivers are losing control and are striking out in a manner that can be fatal. A substantial number of drivers admitted to committing acts of road rage within previous 12 months. The estimated number of drivers who tailgated another vehicle on purpose totaled 104 million. Ninety-one million drivers were estimated to have honked their horn in frustration or anger. An estimated 24 million drivers deliberately cut off another vehicle.
Almost two in three drivers think that being aggressive behind the wheel is an issue that has worsened over the last three years. Nine out of ten drivers consider the drivers who do so to be significant threats to their personal well-being. Those who were more likely to take part in aggressive driving behaviors were men and motorists between the ages of 19 and 39. Men were significantly more likely than women to exit their vehicle to challenge another driver or to strike another vehicle intentionally.
When road rage results in an accident that causes injuries to occupants of other vehicles, the victims might want to speak with a personal injury to learn about their legal options. In some cases it might be advisable to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.