Road Rage in the USA – Latest Death Figures

May 31, 2017


“…Road rage causes a relatively small, but increasing percentage of fatalities on U.S. roadways, linked to 467 fatal crashes in 2015 or 1.3 percent, up from 80 or 0.2 percent in 2006, an increase of almost 500 percent in 10 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The number of road rage incidents that involve firearms also appears to be rising. Last month, The Trace, a nonprofit news organization focused on gun violence, found that cases of road rage involving a firearm more than doubled to 620 in 2016 from 247 in 2014, with 136 people killed in those three years. The count included cases of motorists brandishing or firing a weapon at another driver or passenger…”  [End]

Source: Chicago Tribune


Author: EddieWren

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3 thoughts on “Road Rage in the USA – Latest Death Figures”

  1. With reference to the comment that “Police in Pennsylvania are searching for a man who shot and killed an 18-year-old woman in what officers said was a road rage incident,” it needs to be remembered that about 45 people per year (2014-2016 figures) are shot dead in road rage incidents whereas the total number of road deaths is now back above 40,000 per year (2016 figures) so a person’s chance of being shot dead in road rage as opposed to being killed in a crash is one in 893.

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