On October 1st, one driver to offense to another person’s driving and caused a serious crash. On Northwest 46th Avenue, in Lauderhill, Florida, one driver claims another cut him off. The offended driver decided to follow the other vehicle in order to record his license plate. However, in his pursuit, he clipped the other vehicle. This led to a crash, which included one of the vehicles rolling over. The vehicles came extremely close to colliding with a home. Both drivers were cited for traffic violations and walked away with minor injuries. This is a lucky result—road range incidents often result in more significant crashes and injuries.
If you were injured in an accident that you believe was caused by the other driver’s road rage, call an experienced car accident lawyer at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. right away. We help car accident victims pursue compensation in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. We will fight hard for you to receive full and fair compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries. Call us today at (877) 475-2905 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is Road Rage?
Road rage is an extreme and dangerous form of aggressive driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger other people and property. Aggressive driving is a traffic offense, and it can be used as evidence of a driver’s negligence after a crash.
Aggressive driving can escalate to road rage, which encompasses uncontrolled anger, yelling, screaming, inappropriate gestures, confrontation, and physical assault. DMV.org defines road rage as aggressive or violent behavior stemming from a driver’s uncontrolled anger, which arises due to the actions of another motorist.
At the very least, road rage can cause a driver to yell, scream, and flick off over drivers. It may end there, and no one gets hurt. However, road rage often leads to more serious incidents. Road rage can cause one driver to:
- Follow another driver,
- Race another vehicle,
- Excessively speed,
- Weave in and out of lanes to get beside or ahead of another vehicle,
- Run a car off the road,
- Hit the other vehicle with their own,
- Pull a weapon use or threaten someone with, or
- Get out of their car and physical confront or assault someone else.
Were You Hurt Because of Someone’s Road Rage?
If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s aggressive and dangerous driving, you should call an experienced car accident lawyer for Broward County. To obtain compensation for your injuries, you need to show that the other driver was negligent, reckless, or acted with malice. In road rage incidents, there are often signs of recklessness or maliciousness. However, it requires an in-depth investigation to gather evidence of this behavior.
By working with one of our lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A., you have someone to gather as much evidence as possible regarding the crash. We will obtain any photos and video footage possible of the incident. We may look to nearby business’s for surveillance footage or find whether a traffic camera captured the crash.
We will gather witness statements. When it comes to road rage, it is important to know what other people saw. Many other drivers or passengers may have noticed the other driver’s irrational and aggressive behavior.
In some circumstances, we may hire an accident reconstructionist to show how the other driver must have behaved to cause the crash.
With all of this evidence in hand, we will demand an appropriate amount of compensation for your injuries. We will fight hard for you to receive compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced earning potential
- Loss of normal life
If we can establish that the other driver was not only careless, but they were reckless or malicious, we may also ask for punitive damages. These damages are not intended compensate you. Instead, they punish the wrongdoer.
Call Gerson & Schwartz P.A. After a Crash
It can be difficult to prove road rage. That is why it is important to work with an experienced car accident lawyer. We have years of experience proving that drivers acted recklessly or with intentional malice prior to and during a crash.
Call us today at (954) 845-0535 to schedule a free consultation in Broward County.