A large number of car accidents unfortunately result from aggressive driving, which can include everything from severe road rage to a person’s attempts to intimidate or invoke fear in other drivers. One of the most difficult aspects of road rage is that it is often hard to prevent, as it isn’t always easy to tell when someone is driving in an over-aggressive manner until it is too late. Although our Miami car accident attorneys understand these types of accidents can be hard to avoid, there are ways that you can protect yourself by recognizing its major warning signs, such as:
1. Tailgating. This is one of the most common ways that a person practicing road rage tends to drive. For whatever reason, the aggressive driver will repeatedly speed up and slow-down in order to intimidate the driver in front of them.
2. Weaving in and out of traffic. Aggressive drivers are notorious for recklessly changing lanes, which can cause them to cut off other drivers, stop short, and create dangerous driving conditions for all vehicles in their path.
3. Passing on the right. Road rage often arises when a driver becomes angry with the person in front of them, passes them on the right, and then swerves back into the lane, cutting off the other driver. Known as “shaving ,” this can and often does become a dangerous and life threatening situation.
4. Excessive honking, gunning the engine at stop lights, and making obscene gestures towards are also warning signs of road rage.
In light of the above, road rage and aggressive driving should never be tolerated. If you happen to become a victim of road rage, stay calm and don’t do anything to further anger the offender. Meaning, if a driver decides to flip you the middle finger, it is best to ignore the behavior and report the incident to the police. If you are involved in an accident caused by an aggressive or rage-oriented driver, call the police immediately. If possible, have a passenger take photos or video of the offender’s behavior. Moreover, call your insurance company immediately and apprise them of how your accident occurred. Waiting to report your accident can cause your claim to be denied, so it is best to take action as soon as possible.
If you have been injured or think you are hurt, seek prompt medical attention. It is always recommended that you consult with a qualified accident lawyer before giving any written or recorded statements to anyone.
In addition, it is highly recommended that you contact a qualified Miami Personal Injury Attorney who has the requisite skills and expertise to handle these types of accidents. Don’t allow yourself to be bullied. The skilled attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will gather all of the facts in your favor, conduct interviews of those who witnessed your accident, and prepare your case for resolution or trial. For over 34 years we have been helping those injured and those who have lost loved ones due to crashes recover tens of millions of dollars..
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