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Florida Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Aggressive Drivers

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Florida drivers have become much more aggressive in recent years and authorities have taken notice. This past week, Florida Highway Patrol took part in the safety campaign, Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT). The campaign was started in order to educate drivers on the dangers of aggressive driving and to compel motorists to practice safer, non-aggressive driving. State troopers have been on the lookout for motorists who demonstrate aggressive driving behaviors such as following too closely, speeding, and unsafe lane changes.

While we applaud the state’s efforts to eradicate aggressive driving, the truth of the matter is that aggressive drivers are always going to be a problem. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver, the Tampa car accident attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm will review the circumstances surrounding the accident and determine if you have grounds for a car accident claim or lawsuit. If successful, you stand to gain compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and other damages.

Aggressive Driving Behaviors That Regularly Contribute to Car Crashes

Aggressive driving contributed to 56 percent of fatal crashes in a four-year span, from 2003 to 2007 (NHTSA’s Fatal Accident Report System (FARS)). According to the source, excessive speed was the number one contributing factor to car accidents, followed closely by the following behaviors:

  • Following too closely;
  • Improper lane changing;
  • Driving on the road’s shoulder, in a ditch, on a sidewalk, or through a median;
  • Illegal passing;
  • Driving in an erratic, reckless, careless, or negligent manner;
  • Sudden speed changes;
  • Failure to yield;
  • Failure to obey traffic signs and signals;
  • Failure to observe warnings;
  • Failure to signal;
  • Driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted speeds;
  • Racing; and
  • Making an improper or impromptu turn.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident that was the result of another driver performing one or more of the above maneuvers (racing, erratic lane changes, and failure to obey traffic signals, for instance), you may have significant grounds for a car accident claim—especially because the state is trying to crack down on aggressive drivers. To learn more, however, reach out to the Tampa car accident lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm for a case evaluation.

Consult a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer

It can be difficult to prove liability in a car accident, even in aggressive driving cases. However, with a skilled attorney on your side who knows what evidence, documents, and statements are necessary to prove liability, we can help you build a strong case with a positive outlook for success. Do not allow aggressive drivers to go unpunished; if you or a loved one was injured because of an aggressive driver’s negligent behaviors, reach out to the Tampa car accident attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm for an accurate assessment of your case. To schedule a free case evaluation today, call 1-888-LPENDAS now.

The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Jacksonville, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona, Bradenton, and Orlando areas.

Resources:

nhtsa.gov/research-data/fatality-analysis-reporting-system-fars

flhsmv.gov/florida-highway-patrol/about-fhp/

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