Road Rage Car Accidents
Anyone who has ever driven in South Florida during rush hours knows just how frustrating traffic can be down here due to a number of factors. Palm Beach and Broward county are very suburban landscapes, and many people use the same roadways to commute to the more commercial areas of town which causes a buildup of cars on popular roads such as I-95. Especially in the morning when people are running late for work, being stuck in traffic can be extremely frustrating and some drivers express this frustration through what is referred to as “road rage.” Road rage occurs when a driver lets his or her anger take over her sense of reason when operating the vehicle and that frustration manifests as a physical confrontation. These scenarios create very dangerous conditions on the roadways for the angry driver as well as other drivers and pedestrians. If you were recently involved in a car accident due to somebody’s road rage, you could be entitled to receive financial compensation for any damages incurred as a result of the accident.
Aggressive driving is one of the most dangerous things that one can do in South Florida. We live in an area of the state in which there are dense populations, slim and outdated roadways, frequent and spontaneous rain and an abundance of both senior citizen drivers and young drivers. With these factors at play, drivers must always be aware and be cautious to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others on the road. When traffic gets heavy and tensions arise, aggressive drivers will exhibit the following behaviors:
- Switching lanes quickly
- Failure to use turn signal
- Failure to stop at red lights and stop signs
- Following a vehicle too closely
- Cutting off other vehicles
- Rude hand gestures
It is important to distinguish between aggressive driving and road rage. Aggressive driving is typically a factor that contributes to the occurrence of a road rage confrontation. Road rage is when a driver gets so angry that they physically assault another driver based on their behavior on the road. A police officer can give you a ticket for driving aggressively and it will affect your license and insurance premium. A road rage incident can end up in a few different ways. Simple assault if verbal threats are made at another driver, aggravated assault if a driver threatens another with some kind of weapon, battery if a physical confrontation occurs or aggravated battery if an individual is shot or attacked with a deadly weapon. According to a road rage survey conducted by AutoVantage, Florida has been the road rage capital of the United States for three consecutive years.
If you have been injured as a result of someone’s road rage, don’t continue to be a victim by paying for damages incurred out of your own pocket. Our South Florida car accident attorneys at The Ansara Law Firm believe in the concepts of justice and accountability. If somebody attacked you in a road rage confrontation, then you could be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Consortium
- Pain and Suffering
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Propensity to Earn Income
- Emotional Trauma
- Property Damage
If any of these apply to you, don’t hesitate to call our attorneys and get them on your side. Our firm has over a decade of experience with these kinds of cases among many others, and our case results speak for themselves. Check out our car accident do’s and don’ts page for more information.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a road rage confrontation, call The Ansara Law Firm at (954) 761-4011 today to increase your chances of being compensated for any incurred damages.