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Are Road Rage Accidents Rising in Florida?

February 1, 2024 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents | Share

In October 2023, the Miami Herald asked, “Why are we so angry behind the wheel?” after it interviewed a woman who was involved in a road rage confrontation. According to the Miami woman, she noticed an 18-wheeler trying to get into her lane. She sped up to make room for the truck behind her. When they both stopped at a traffic signal, the truck driver pulled next to her right side and yelled at her while flailing his arms. When they both reached another red light, a couple oAre road rage accidents rising in Floridaf blocks later, the truck driver got out of his 18-wheeler and walked to the woman’s driver’s side to yell at her more. Although no accident occurred this time, the scenario is one that is often seen on South Florida roads.

In April 2023, a 23-year-old Broward County preschool teacher was shot and killed in a southbound lane of I-95 while she was driving home from vacation. Authorities say the cause was road rage or reckless driving.

Road Rage Accident Statistics

The Pensacola News Journal reports that Florida ranks 17th when it comes to road rage, and 15 percent of drivers questioned say another Florida driver exited his or her vehicle to yell at or fight with them.

Usually “road rage” accidents are listed as reckless driving or if there is a specific assault, such as a shooting, the specific violence will be listed, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department (FLHSMV).

Here are some statistics:

  • Safe Motorist reports that a total of 12,610 injuries and 218 murders have been attributed to road rage over a seven-year period in the United States.
  • Someone was shot and killed in a road rage incident every 16 hours in 2022, according to Everytown Research.
  • 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • The American Psychological Association reports that 30 murders annually are linked to road rage, and 50 percent of drivers respond to the careless acts of other drivers with aggressive behavior themselves.
  • CNN reports that there has been a 500 percent increase in reported cases of road rage over the last 10 years in the United States.

What is Road Rage?

According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (FLDMV) handbook, road rage is “violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver which can result in crashes or other incidents on roadways. Signs include:

  • Sudden acceleration or braking
  • Following too closely
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Preventing other vehicles from merging into your lane
  • Excessively hitting the horn or flashing headlights
  • Shouting obscenities or threats
  • Making obscene hand gestures
  • Intentionally causing a crash
  • Getting out of a vehicle in an attempt to start a confrontation
  • Using a weapon or threatening to use a weapon
  • Throwing objects from the vehicle” 

Fort Myers Road Rage Accident Attorney Fights for the Rights of Road Rage Accident Victims

Should you or a loved one be injured because of the negligence of another, Fort Myers Road Rage Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm and his team are ready to aggressively assist you and fight for your rights. After seeking medical attention, please contact Spivey Law 24/7 at 239.337.7483, toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or contact us online at There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you.



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