Switch to ADA Accessible Theme Close Menu
Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
Call, Text, or Chat: 1-888-LPENDAS
(573-6327)
Free Initial Consultation
Florida Personal Injury

Preventing Road Rage Incidents

RoadRage2

Fox 13 News recently reported that Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a driver who allegedly used his car as a battering ram in an apparent road rage incident at a toll booth. The victim has asserted that the conflict began at a toll booth on County Highway 589 on a recent Friday afternoon after the driver behind her apparently grew impatient as she tried to count her change. The driver of the bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle reportedly rammed into her after the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, paid her toll and began merging back into traffic. The victim called 911 before pulling up behind him to get a license plate number when she spotted him a few minutes later at a gas station. At that point, witnesses watched as the driver started yelling at the victim and then rammed her car two more times. Authorities have identified the owner of the car based on its license plate registration, but troopers have not been able to track down the driver.

What Are Ways to Prevent Road Rage?

According to a 2016 report published by the American Automobile Association, almost eighty percent of drivers self-reported experiencing significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel. However, it is imperative that every driver understands that road rage is often a result of an incident that happened somewhere else and typically does not originate with the driver who becomes a victim of it. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help improve the chances of keeping yourself and the drivers around you safe on the road.

  • Always try to remain calm while driving
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination
  • Do not provoke another driver who is driving aggressively
  • Refrain from making rude gestures or prolonged eye contact with other drivers
  • Leave a good amount of space between you and other vehicles
  • Do not remain in the left lane when other drivers are attempting to pass

What Should You Do if Confronted in a Road Rage Situation?

Despite your best efforts to avoid one, the reality of the world today is that road rage situations are not uncommon and not completely avoidable. The good news is that if you ever find yourself in that situation, knowing how to react can determine whether the situation escalates. If you are confronted in a road rage situation:

  • Do not respond to taunting
  • Remain in your vehicle
  • Keep moving and try to escape
  • If you cannot escape, try to get the license plate number of the other vehicle
  • If you are involved in an accident, call 9-1-1

Don’t Get Mad. Get Legal Help.

If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver with road rage, you need help from someone who can explain your legal options and help you hold the responsible parties accountable. As the Tampa car accident attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm, you can depend on us to help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us today to begin.

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

Resource:

newsroom.aaa.com/2016/07/nearly-80-percent-of-drivers-express-significant-anger-aggression-or-road-rage/

https://www.pendaslaw.com/the-potential-tragedies-of-charter-bus-accidents/

Read What Others Have To Say About Us

  • “I'm very happy with this firm... Joel is an excellent attorney and Carolyn is an amazing paralegal, After been ditched from another law firm, Pendas took care of me and they won my case. I recommend them 100%...” - Jacksonville -

    Maria Pastor
  • “This law firm is amazing. I love how they always try to stay/keep in contact with you. It shows that they really care and want everything taken care of correctly, Thank You!...” - Orlando -

    Shantelle Blackwell
  • “I'm very thankful for all the attention of all the Pendas staff that took care of my case and helped me through the process, thanks for your patience, collaboration and comprehension!...” - Tampa -

    Carlos Guadalupe
  • “The Pendas Law Firm was amazing! They are very kind, professional, and hard-working! They always kept me informed. Larry Trias was great to work with! I always recommend Pendas to family and friends. Thank you for helping me with my case!” - Fort Myers -

    Heather Pepper
  • “Their attorneys are absolutely someone you want handling your car accident claim. They communicated with us promptly and thoroughly. I was very happy with our recovery. Their staff speaks Spanish and you feel like family.” - Orlando -

    Ian Brito
  • “I would definitely recommend this firm. The staff really helps you and they actually show you that they care, especially Siomara Roldan. She has been a great help for my family and myself, she is always helpful with any questions.” - Tampa -

    Wilmer D Santana Rodriguez
  • “5 stars for these guys! Hays Mathis got my case settled without going to court for a sum that dwarfed what the other guys were advising me to take. I highly recommend Hays not only because he does the work to get it done but he cares about the client and outcome as well!” - Jacksonville -

    Mike Reilly
  • “Pendas is the best! The paralegals are very attentive to your case, knowledgeable, and communicative! The attorney also won’t just be there the day of your sign up, but all throughout the process as needed. I truly recommend Pendas!” - Orlando -

    McKenzie Czabaj