Why You Should Stay Calm in Traffic
No one likes being stuck in traffic and we have all gotten a little frustrated or angry when we found ourselves stuck at a slow speed or totally stopped on a road, especially when we had somewhere to be. However, this kind of frustration recently led to tragic results as illustrated in a recent news article.
The Orlando Sentinel has reported that a 66-year-old DeBary woman was killed on a weekday morning after a pickup driver swerved around traffic and hit her car on State Road 417. The woman’s Chevrolet Spark flipped several times, the force of which caused her to be ejected from the vehicle. The 33-year-old pickup driver, an Altamonte Springs resident, reportedly caused the accident when he swerved into the right lane after traffic started to slow. He is now facing criminal charges because, sadly, the woman was pronounced dead shortly after taken to the emergency room.
How Can Drivers Avoid Road Rage and Frustration?
As difficult as it may be to control your emotions in the face of changing road conditions, especially traffic, it is imperative to both your own safety and the safety of the other people on the road that you do so. According to one AAA report, almost eighty percent of drivers self-reported experiencing significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel. The good news is that you can take steps to help improve the chances of keeping yourself and the drivers around you safe on the road. Keep these tips in mind while driving:
- 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
- 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
What Compensation is the Victim of an Accident Entitled to?
As tragic as an accident may be, the good news is that you may be entitled to compensation. The exact amount and nature of what an accident victim can recover is dependent on how your injuries occurred and how serious they are. You may be able to recover for:
- Medical fees
- Current and future lost wages
- In the unfortunate event of a death, wrongful death benefits
Get Legal Help.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who was acting erratically or otherwise seemed to have road rage, you need help from someone who can explain your legal options and help you hold the responsible parties accountable. As the Orlando personal injury attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm, we can investigate the circumstances of your injuries and help you prove what happened. You can depend on us to help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us today to begin.
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