While I was enjoying a few days off last week, I was riding around with several friends. Some of my friends are extremely laid back when it comes to driving. There are a select few that are just over the top. I find myself telling them those other drivers can't hear you losing your mind, so why are you so worked up? Sure, they can see you waving your hands, and flying that certain finger, but is it really necessary?

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A new study shows that Colorado is the state where road rage causes the most problems out of all the US states.

The study was done by the criminal defense law company Simmrin Law Group, who looked at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's motor vehicle crash reports from 2017 to 2021 and focused on drivers who were involved in fatal crashes because they were angry on the road.

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Colorado is the state where road rage is causing the most problems. There, 8.19% of fatal accidents where road rage was a factor were caused by angry drivers. Between 2017 and 2021, 4,589 drivers were killed in car accidents, and 376 of those drivers were angry at the other drivers. In terms of deadly crashes caused by road rage, 2021 had the most, with 126. That's more than double the number that happened in 2017, when there were only 51.

Road rage is a big problem in Connecticut, which is the second worst state in the US for it. In 2020, 37 drivers in the state were killed in accidents that were caused by road rage. There were 21 crashes in 2018, so that's 16 more than that. 7.56% of drivers who were involved in fatal accidents did so because they were angry on the road.

It is the third most angry state on the road. Between 2017 and 2021, 486 driver crashes in Indiana were caused by angry drivers, more than any other state in the US. There have been 6,375 death crashes involving drivers, but 7.34 percent of those crashes were caused by angry drivers.

Alabama is the fourth state where the most deadly crashes are caused by angry drivers. 366 drivers have been killed in accidents because they were angry on the road between 2017 and 2021. This is 5.61 percent of all deadly accidents.

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Wisconsin is the fifth state with the most problems caused by road rage. There, 4.93% of fatal accidents are linked to drivers who were angry on the road. This state had 54 deadly crashes caused by angry drivers in 2020, which was the year with the most crashes caused by road rage.

Hawaii comes in at number six, and the District of Columbia comes in at number seven. Between 2017 and 2021, 33 drivers were killed in Hawaii because they were angry on the road. In the District of Columbia, 10 people were killed in similar accidents. The percentage of drivers in Hawaii who are involved in fatal accidents caused by aggressive driving is 4.80%, while the percentage in the District of Columbia is only 4.37%.

At 3.70 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in South Carolina, three percent of those drivers were aggressive. This makes the state the eighth most dangerous for drivers overall. Ten drivers were killed in accidents between 2017 and 2021 because they were going too fast.

Arkansas has 2.18% of drivers who were involved in deadly accidents who were angry on the road, making it the ninth most angry state. Between 2017 and 2021, 87 fatal crashes were caused by drivers who were angry on the road. The most crashes happened in 2021, with 29.

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West Virginia has 40 dead crashes a year because of angry drivers, making it the tenth state where road rage is the biggest problem. Ten drivers were killed in accidents because they were angry on the road in 2017 and 2020. In this state, 2.09% of deadly accidents are caused by aggressive driving.

These are the top 10 states in the nation when it comes to road rage deaths. You might be asking where does our area land?

North Dakota came in at 11th

Minnesota came in at 18th

Montana came in at 20th

The study was conducted by analyzing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Motor Vehicle Crash Data Querying and Reporting, looking at the number of fatal crashes in each US state between 2017 and 2021. While these numbers may feel a bit outdated, do note that this was an independent study. It focused on the number of fatal crashes that occurred due to aggressive drivers with road rage. By knowing the total number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in each state and the total number of drivers in fatal crashes in each state that were caused by road rage, they could reveal the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes involving road rage.

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