Aggressive Driving Accidents
Some dangerous driving behaviors are called aggressive driving or “road rage”. These aggressive drivers make the road dangerous for everyone and sometimes cause serious accidents. Aggressive driving is rapidly becoming a problem on our nation’s roads. According to surveys by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, many drivers are concerned about their own safety and the safety of their loved ones due to other drivers’ road rage.
According to NHTSA a person is driving aggressively when he or she is operating a motor vehicle in a way that endangers or is likely to endanger other people or property. On the other hand, Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles defines aggressive driving as “violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver” that may cause accidents or “other incidents on roadways”.Causes of Road Rage
Some speculate that one of the main causes of aggressive driving is the growing congestion of traffic on our roadways. Others blame everything, from the hot weather to slower traffic failing to keep right so as to leave the extreme left lane for passing open to accomplish its purpose.
Whatever the reason, the fact remains that aggressive driving causes accidents in which people get injured and if you or a loved one have been the victims of an aggressive driver, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling this type of cases.Signs of Aggressive Driving
Following are some typical signs of aggressive driving:
- Driving at excessive speed and “weaving” between traffic or changing lanes in an unsafe manner;
- Passing other vehicles on the shoulder of the road or outside the regular lanes of traffic;
- Tailgating or following the vehicle in front to closely;
- Failing to obey a traffic light, a stop sign, a yield sign or any other traffic control device;
- Driving to fast for adverse weather conditions;
- Accelerating suddenly or braking suddenly;
- Shouting threats or obscenities to other drivers or using hand gestures;
- Threatening other drivers with weapons;
- Using horns and/or flashing lights excessively;
- Intentionally causing an accident;
- Not allowing other vehicles to merge into the lanes of traffic or cutting other vehicles off.
NHTSA advices that you get out of the way of an aggressive driver should you become their target and that you ignore provocations like rude behavior. Moreover, the agency advises that if circumstances allow, you call law enforcement and report the other driver’s aggressive and dangerous behavior, as helping police identify and punish these aggressive drivers helps put an end to such uncivilized behavior if they are ticketed and charged with a traffic violation.Identifying the Aggressive Driver
Victims often think that they have no recourse because they were not able to get the license plate number of the car that caused an accident. Yet, experienced lawyers like those from the Miami car accident Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have many other means and resources to help them identify an aggressive driver and make him or her pay for the injuries and damages he or she caused. For example, if circumstances allow and you contact us immediately after the accident and while authorities are still conducting their own investigation, we may be able to immediately dispatch our in-house investigator so that he can start collecting valuable evidence and interviewing witnesses while the events leading to the accident remain fresh in their minds. We also will try to check surveillance video to see if the crash was caught on camera or if the perpetrator was captured on film shortly thereafter.
If you have been injured by another driver’s road rage, please call us now at 305-595-2400.Limited Time to File a Claim
Please note that Florida law provides a limited amount of time from the time of the accident to file suit. Florida Statute 95.11(3)(a) provides a period of four (4) years to file a claim for negligence, which is what aggressive driving amounts to. A claim for uninsured motorist damages must be filed within five (5) years from the date of the negligent act. See our page on Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance for more information on cases handled by our firm in past years. Do not let procrastination or doubt stand in the way of you obtaining the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured by another driver’s aggressive behavior, you should immediately contact the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano at 305-595-2400.
We offer a free initial consultation and handle all personal injury matters, including cases for injuries caused by aggressive driving behavior, on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything, unless we recover compensation for you.