Aggressive driving and road rage contribute to a high percentage of car crashes, many of which involve at least one injury or fatality. Some states see a higher prevalence of road rage than others, and California is among those that see more than most states.
According to Bankrate, California currently ranks third in the nation in terms of the number of road rage incidents that occur within state lines and involve a firearm. The state also sees many car wrecks involving road rage that do not involve firearms, and both types have a high potential to cause injuries or fatalities.
Research shows that motorists are more likely to encounter aggressive drivers or drivers exhibiting road rage when certain conditions exist. Young motorists, and particularly those who are under 19, are more likely than older motorists to exhibit aggression behind the wheel. Road rage incidents are also more common during the summer months and between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., which are also peak commuting hours.
Road rage takes on many forms. Often, it manifests as a motorist cutting off another driver or seeking to intimidate him or her by making obscene gestures, making unsafe lane changes or honking the car horn. Tailgating, refusing to let another car merge, speeding more than 15 mph over the posted limit and running red lights may also constitute road rage behaviors.
Drivers who cause others injuries or fatalities after exhibiting road rage or engaging in aggressive driving behaviors may face serious sanctions.