Aggressive driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Florida. While aggressive driving and road rage are used as synonyms, they do not mean exactly the same thing. Aggressive driving is a part of road rage and includes speeding and tailgating, while road rage can be more commonly defined as cursing and obscene gestures.
Every driver will feel frustration at some point in their driving experience, but Florida defines aggressive driving as excessive speeding, making unsafe lane changes, following cars too closely, ignoring the right of way, inappropriately passing another vehicle, or violating traffic lights and signals. Road rage, however, is defined by verbal insults, yelling, obscene gestures, threats, attempts at intimidation, physical confrontation, and ramming into other vehicles.
To stay safe as a victim of road rage or aggressive driving-induced car accidents, stay in your car to avoid any danger either from the angry driver or from oncoming traffic. Avoid escalation at all costs. Do not shout back, match obscene gestures with an obscene gesture, or engage in any other aggressive behavior. Head to a safe spot if you are able, where you can call the police and report the accident.
When getting ready to file a claim, it will be helpful to have a Florida personal injury trial lawyer. They can assist you with filing your claim and help you prepare for the common reality of angry drivers fighting back. Gather as much evidence as possible, take pictures of the scene, and report damages. If you were injured, seek medical help, even for minor incidents. This can be a crucial piece in providing evidence for the claim.
This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided during an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.