These days, drinking and driving and distracted driving might get more headlines, but road rage remains a serious problem on Connecticut’s roads and highways. In fact, overly aggressive and angry driving might be at least as common as texting or talking on the phone while driving.

Just because the media does not report on road rage as much as they do on DUI and distracted driving does not mean that you are safe from a car accident caused by a motorist determined to “teach you a lesson” or take out their anger on you. Such drivers do not respect the rules of the road or your personal safety.

Disturbing road rage survey results

Nor is road rage a rare occurrence, if a 2016 survey by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety is any indication:

  • 51% of those surveyed admitted to purposely tailgating at least once in the prior year
  • 24% said they had blocked another vehicle from changing lanes
  • 12% told AAA that they had deliberately cut off another driver
  • 3% admitted they had rammed or bumped another vehicle

Given that everyone knows how unsafe these actions are, it is likely that more people were committing road rage than were willing to admit it.

You know better than to tailgate, speed and otherwise try to intimidate other drivers. But you may never know when a driver with road rage has decided to target you until it is too late to avoid a car accident. Then you may suffer serious injuries that put you out of work for months or years. You could be permanently disabled and unable to earn an income for the rest of your life.

Don’t hesitate to assert your personal injury rights

Whether the driver who injured was acting on purpose or not, if they were acting negligently, they could owe you full compensation for your lost wages, medical bills and other damages. Discuss your options with a personal injury attorney before accepting a settlement offer from the insurance company.