Because road rage can take many different forms, there are no accurate statistics available of such incidents on Illinois roads. What is known, though, is that road rage is a growing problem that causes many unnecessary injuries and even fatalities. Some people may say that they witness road rage almost daily. An enraged driver who causes a car accident may have to face devastating legal consequences.
It has been suggested that the fast pace at which modern Americans live may bring about excess stress. Under certain conditions, already stressed drivers may be especially aggravated when they are exposed to periods of high volumes of traffic, such as during rush hour. Road rage is typically triggered by one driver irritating another driver by his or her actions. This is often unintentional and may be insignificant, though enough to infuriate another driver. He or she may then decide that the "offending" driver should be taught a lesson, and the way the other driver handles this often determines what follows next.