Why do people commit road rage?

Everybody feels stressed out, upset or angry sometimes. Most of us deal with negative emotions in healthy ways, like exercise, hobbies and therapy. But a few people can turn into a menace on the road when they feel another driver has “wronged” them somehow.

Road rage is a serious problem here in New Jersey and around the United States. Unlike a driver who recklessly causes a car accident by speeding or driving drunk, a motorist going through road rage may deliberately crash into an innocent victim and cause horrific injuries.

Road rage defined

According to WebMD, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety defines road rage as “any unsafe driving maneuver performed deliberately and with ill intention or disregard for safety.” Common examples include:

  • Cutting someone off
  • Tailgating
  • Running someone off the road
  • Ramming another vehicle
  • Assaulting or shooting a gun at others on the road

Causes of road rage

Why does road rage happen? Experts say that unrelated stress, combined with a perceived slight, can cause drivers to snap. Other times, motorists take another driver’s actions personally, or feel their space has been invaded. Even someone who seems mild-mannered most of the time

Road rage can be controlled with therapy, such as courses to help drivers feel compassion for others. But by the time drivers go through court-ordered treatment, the damage has been done. If you were the victim of a road-rage driver, you are likely dealing with terrible pain and a pile of expensive medical bills. Discuss your experience with a personal injury attorney to figure out your legal options.

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