What is “Road Rage?”

Although there is no “official” definition of the term, “road rage” generally refers to an angry motorist attempting to intentionally injure or kill another driver because of a traffic dispute. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, aggressive drivers can “react negatively and uses their vehicles to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers. This makes ‘road rage’ a serious issue of traffic safety – the safety of yourself and others.”

Experts say that aggressive driving behaviors can be triggered by a variety of causes. Some are provoked by the actions of another driver; others are set off by roadway congestion. But, most are caused by the drivers’ own moods and reactions when they get behind the wheel.

While aggressive driving doesn’t always lead to incidents of assault or death, there’s no question that it can lead to more incidents of Massachusetts car and motorcycle accidents.