Road rage is rampant in Florida. In fact, it is rated as the state with the highest number of road rage incidents in the United States three years in a row. Road rage is extremely dangerous and causes severe auto accidents every year. If you’ve been in a car accident as a result of road rage, it’s important to know what steps to take to protect yourself. Here is what you need to know.
What Is The Difference Between Road Rage And Aggressive Driving?
People often mistake road rage and aggressive driving as the same thing. However, they are not the same in the eyes of the law. Although both types of driving are dangerous and lead to accidents, they are very different. Aggressive driving is when a driver is angry and driving aggressively regardless of who they are risking. Road rage on the other hand is targeted. The driver is driving aggressively as a way to threaten you specifically. So for example, an aggressive driver had a bad day at the office and is mad that they nhave to deal with traffic. An example of road rage would be the driver is mad that you pulled in front of them at an intersection and now they are angry with you.
What To Do If You Are In An Accident As The Result Of Road Rage?
If you are in an accident because of road rage, it is terrifying. First, you are dealing with the fear and shock of the accident. Then, you may be dealing with the pain and fear of an injury. On top of all of that, you may be afraid for your life from the other driver’s violent and threatening behavior. You must try to think quickly to keep yourself safe. We recommend the following steps:
● Try to pull over to a public area with lots of people in you can
● Stay in your car and lock your doors
● Call the police immediately and let them know about the accident and that the driver is threatening you
● Avoid eye contact and try to ignore any violent outbursts
● Do not engage them no matter what they say
Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal in the state of Florida. So try to stay until the police arrive. However, if your life is in jeopardy, for example the other driver is threatening you with a weapon, get to safety. One idea is to try to pull over at a police station or fire department.
What Are The Penalties For Road Rage?
Road rage is not specifically illegal in the state of Florida. However, under Florida legal code 316.192 “Reckless Driving” is defined as “any person who drives any vehicle in willful of wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” These drivers could possibly face criminal penalties and could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances. In the case of an auto accident injury claim, road rage and reckless driving are considered negligent behaviors and thus, they will be considered at fault for the accident.
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