Road Rage Accidents
Many drivers tend to get angry while behind the wheel. They may be frustrated at traffic or just having a particularly bad day. However, drivers who become overly aggressive and threatening can cause serious accidents, creating a danger to everyone on the road. People responsible for road rage crashes should be held accountable for their actions. The car accident attorneys at the Law Offices represent Miami residents and other people throughout South Florida in pursuing proper compensation from those who have caused their harm.Pursuing Damages from a Reckless South Florida Driver
Driving aggressively can include a myriad of actions. Florida law defines aggressive driving as engaging in at least two of the following behaviors: excessive speeding, changing lanes or passing improperly, tailgating, failing to yield, and failing to obey traffic signs. Often, the distinction between aggressive driving and road rage is that an incident involving road rage may be considered a criminal offense, like assault or battery. Behaviors that indicate a driver with road rage may include:
- Sudden braking or acceleration;
- Cutting off or blocking vehicles in traffic;
- Excessive horn use;
- Hand gestures;
- Yelling threats;
- Using weapons or objects as a threat; or
- Intentionally causing a collision.
To hold a reckless driver responsible for a road rage accident, a victim generally must show that the driver was negligent. To establish negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached his or her duty of reasonable care and that the breach caused the victim’s injuries, resulting in reasonably quantifiable damages. All users of the road owe others a duty of care to act as a reasonable person would behave, given the circumstances. A driver threatening violence, suddenly braking, or otherwise acting with rage would likely be seen as unreasonable. If these actions cause an accident, that driver likely could be found negligent and therefore responsible for the related costs and losses. A victim often may pursue compensation for property damage, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering, among other forms of damages.
In Florida, personal injury claims must be filed within four years of the date of an accident. In the event that a road rage crash was fatal, a claim for wrongful death must be filed within two years from the date of a victim’s death. Because of the time-sensitive nature of these suits, it is advisable to consult a seasoned attorney who can make sure your legal rights are preserved and those responsible for your injuries are pursued.Contact a Diligent Miami Attorney for Your Motor Vehicle Collision Claim
Road rage accidents can be the most serious collisions on the road, sometimes leading to both criminal and civil actions against the party responsible. Making sure these dangerous individuals are held liable for their behavior is important to keeping the roadways safe. The motor vehicle collisions at the Law Offices guide individuals in Miami and the surrounding areas in pursuing the financial assistance to which they may be entitled. If you have been injured in a road rage accident, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation. We also represent Fort Lauderdale residents and other individuals in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties.