What to Do After a Road Rage Accident in FloridaTampa Bay Legal News
We all can get frustrated behind the wheel from time to time. When traffic is congested and not moving, if we are running late to a destination and a driver in the front is not driving fast for us, or if we just had a bad day and are in a sour mood, it is possible to become a bit more aggressive while driving. However, usually, when one is engaging in aggressive driving or road rage, the actions they take are not only unlawful but dangerous.
Road rage happens more than it should in the United States. When a traffic cop can identify it and pull an antagonistic driver over, this makes the road safer. But, cops cannot be everywhere on every road at all times during the day and night. Road rage drivers are not always caught, and they increase the risk of causing serious car accidents.
If you were injured in a Florida car accident by a driver who was exhibiting signs of road rage, a Tampa car accident attorney at Fulgencio Law can help you determine what steps to take to obtain financial compensation for your losses.
How to Handle the Aftermath of a Road Rage Accident
If a driver near you is engaged in any of the following behaviors, this is road rage:
- Driving excessively close and tailgating
- Making vulgar gestures, yelling outside of their window, and swearing
- Attempting to initiate a verbal confrontation
- Weaving in and out of traffic and changing lanes rapidly
- Driving at extreme speeds
- Trying to bully or push another car outside of their lane
Driving is not always enjoyable, and situations can arise on the road that can be upsetting. But, it is best not to lose your cool and your control. Still, even if you can moderate yourself, that doesn’t mean that another person who is unnerved and driving their car will be able to compose themselves in a similar fashion.
The best advice is to steer clear of road rage drivers. Stay out of their way to better protect yourself. Do not engage them, ever. They are acting and most likely thinking irrationally, and interactions can escalate quickly. The outcome of a road rage interaction may be much more severe than it would ever have to be under different circumstances. Plus, your actions in this situation could also lead to criminal consequences depending on what happens.
If you are injured by a road rage driver, just keep your distance and call law enforcement. After the situation has calmed down and when you are able to leave the scene, not only should you seek medical attention, but you should also contact an attorney.
Speak to Fulgencio Law Today
You may experience a wide range of emotions, such as anger, anxiety, fear, and more, when you are injured by an overly aggressive driver. Prioritizing your safety and that of any passengers in your vehicle is critical.
For more information on how to obtain compensation after an accident in Florida, please call an experienced Florida personal injury attorney at Fulgencio Law today to schedule a free consultation at (813) 463-0123.