As thousands of Georgia residents take to the road for vacation, the number of people impacted by road rage related accidents will rise.
Jul 05, 2016 /prREACH/ -- Throughout the state of Georgia, thousands of residents are preparing to take vacations. Popular destinations include campgrounds, amusement parks, lakes, historical sites, museums, and festivals. Typically, the easiest way to get to any of these places is to drive there.
Unfortunately, many Georgia residents will be involved in a car accident as they travel for vacation. What is shocking, however, is that a large percentage of these accidents will happen due to road rage. In fact, according to AAA, 66% of all traffic fatalities are the direct result of aggressive driving and 37% of all road rage incidents involve a gun.
Often, a driver’s response to an aggressive the driver is to push back with their own form of road rage. This may include speeding, tailgating, flashing headlights, honking the car’s horn, screaming obscenities, or even trying to physically run into the other car.
Those who are the victims of road rage are frequently left with devastating injuries. These injuries often include spinal damage, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and damage to internal organs - injuries that could prevent the victim from being able to return to work either temporarily or permanently. While insurance may cover some of the costs associated with these injuries, it often isn’t enough to ensure financial safety during recovery.
With an increase in the number of stressors that the average person feels on a daily basis, it is no surprise that there is a steady increase in the number of road rage accidents every year. Thankfully, according to the American Psychological Association, researchers have found that drivers who participate in relaxation, cognitive-relaxation, and cognitive-behavioral therapies can learn to control the way they react and therefore curb their road rage. The biggest issue, however, is that the majority of Americans won’t admit that they need help. Hopefully, as awareness about road rage triggers and the dangers associated with it, drivers will begin to take steps to calm down and drive with a cool head.