Road Rage Statistics - the Surprising Facts

Concerned Car Accident Lawyers Say Don’t Do It

Also known as traffic tantrum, road rage is a behavior where drivers display aggression against another driver or pedestrian. Such behavior includes yelling, verbal and physical assault, and threats, the end goal of which is to emphasize power and release stress. Car accident lawyers discourage road rage because it can lead to danger.

Road rage can result in altercations, simple collisions, deadly crashes, and sometimes homicide or murder. In fact, aggressive driving accounts for 33% of road accidents. That means road rage is accountable for two accidents on every three occurrences.

Many people do not realize that this dangerous driving behavior can destroy lives. With an alarmingly high rate of road rage incidents happening year after year, fatalities related to these incidents are increasing at a tremendous rate. Read below to see surprising facts about road rage.

Road Rage by City and State

One would think that New York is the road rage capital of the country, but surprisingly, it is Houston. According to CNBC, Houston has the most number of least courteous drivers. Participants said in the survey that in Houston, you are likely to see a driver cutting you off or slam on their brakes. Below is a list of the top cities with the highest occurrences of fatalities, 33% of which are due to road rage.

STATEFATALTIES per 100,000 PEOPLE
Montana22.6
Alabama17.6
South Carolina16.1
South Dakota16
North Dakota20.5
Mississippi20.5
Tennessee15.3
Arkansas16.3
West Virginia17.9
Oklahoma17.6

The numbers below show top cities with highest road rage occurrences per city according to user ratings. Figures represent user reports for every 1,000 participants.

  • Lowell, AR
  • Dayton
  • Kansas City
  • Baton Rouge
  • Nashville
  • Dallas
  • El Paso
  • Augusta, GA
  • New York
  • Baltimore
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Las Vegas
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Antonio
  • Charlotte
  • Phoenix
  • Albany, NY
  • Austin
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco

Road Rage by Causes

It is easy to judge that people involved in road rage have a behavior issue. But psychologists wanted to go deeper and find out what is driving it. There was an increase in road rage publicity in the 1990s, and this prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct a study of what is causing it. Below are the results.

Traffic Delays

33% of drivers become impatient during heavy traffic. Congestion due to road work, high car volume, or highway maintenance often causes frustration to drivers. The frustration turns into anger; and some take their anger out on others by weaving through traffic, breaking out of their lane, and colliding with others.

Running Late

Traffic enforcers say that there are around 60,000 citations every month for people violating traffic rules. And in all these, the violators said they are running late. Some people are busy enough and running late is never an option. People keep two jobs just to make ends meet. Mothers pick up their children. These errands and demands weigh heavily on these people and change their behavior.

Habitual Behavior

Over the years, there is a marked increase in aggressive driving by 27% as drivers travel more miles.

There are aggressive behaviors that happen on a frequent basis. Since many of these actions go unpunished, drivers are more likely to be repeat offenders. Examples include changing lanes and speeding.

Road Rage Trivia

Below are some surprising statistics about road rage. These are facts based on recorded incidents, but there has been no formal study to find you the answer why.

  • The five most common cars involved on road rage are BMW (34%), Land Rover (32%), Audi (29%), Subaru (22%), and Vauxhall (18%).
  • 31% of offenders admitted that yelling and cursing wear their most common form of aggression.
  • 11% of drivers carry a loaded gun in their vehicle.
  • 36% of road rage fatalities involve shooting.
  • 56% of men experience road rage every day while only 44% of women experience it.
  • The five most common car colors involved in road rage are blue (47%), black (33%), silver (26%), green (19%), and red (15%).
  • September is the worst month for road rage, and June is the least.
  • On a weekly basis, Tuesday is the worst and Sundays are the least.
  • The worst time to drive in the day is between 5:30 PM to 5:45 PM.
  • 62% of drivers with aggressive behavior claim that they never experienced apprehension in the past year.
  • Only 14% of drivers think that adding 10 miles to the speed limit is dangerous.
  • 19-year old males are more susceptible to road rage.
  • Over 200 murders are directly associated road rage within a seven-year study.
  • 2% of drivers admitted to running a car off the road if it was overtaking them.
  • 1500 people are either killed or injured every year due to road rage.
  • 7% of the population are affected with intermittent explosive disorder (IED). This is a disorder associated with road rage characterized by incessant honking, cursing.

This information has been brought to you by the experienced car accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017