Avoiding Road Rage Incidents
If you’ve ever lost your cool while behind the wheel, you’re not alone. A 2020 survey indicates that nearly 20 percent of Americans have felt “intense aggression” at some point while driving. Feeling frustration is one thing, but acting on it in dangerous ways is another. If you or a loved one are the victim of a road rage incident, It may be worthwhile to contact a local personal injury/wrongful death attorney going forward.
Florida Cases of Road Rage
Florida is not exempt from angry drivers. In fact, the state leads the nation in road rage incidents, with a more than 70 percent rise in such events over a 3-year timeframe. In some cases, the consequences of anger on the road are virtually incalculable. Across the country, 82 percent of drivers say they have actually participated in aggressive driving in response to feelings of rage while behind the wheel. Here in the Sunshine State, some recent incidents illustrate just how dangerous unbridled anger can be while driving:
- When a Florida man in Polk County stopped his truck to confront a driver who he believed was following too closely, he wound up being fatally shot by the man in the other vehicle;
- A driver who became irritated by the wait at a Florida toll booth rammed the vehicle ahead of him, and, when he later saw the same vehicle at a gas station, rammed it again twice;
- When a driver on I-4 felt that he was cut off in traffic, he screamed at the offending motorist and then shot a gun out the window. Although no injuries occurred this time, a bullet did penetrate into the engine compartment of the car.
What Can you do to Avoid Angering Drivers?
What is it that gets people so riled up on the road? While outside factors often influence a driver’s mood, certain behaviors on the road have been noted as particularly irksome:
- Distracted drivers;
- Using high beams around other vehicles;
- Failing to use blinkers to alert drivers to your lane change intentions;
- Blocking other drivers who are trying to merge;
- Driving too slowly in the far left lane;
- Rude actions like impolite gestures or laying on the horn.
While it’s certainly true that there is never a good excuse for dangerous behavior on the road, every driver should be aware of driving behaviors that may elicit rage from other motorists. Avoiding these behaviors could literally save your life.
In the Aftermath of Road Rage
If you or a family member has suffered serious harm due to another motorist’s road rage, having the aggressive and knowledgeable Kissimmee car accident attorneys at the Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. on your side can bring you the justice you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today.