If you felt unsafe around other Florida drivers this year, then you're not alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 60 percent of drivers found unsafe driving by others as a major personal threat. Much of this behavior comes from aggressive driving and includes speeding, drinking and driving, disregarding traffic laws, and driving without a seatbelt.
Such drivers use the anonymity of their vehicles to express their frustration on others. They may tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, blow their horns, make rude gestures and curse at others. Many of these behaviors are also associated with young male drivers. In the U.S., nearly 56 percent of fatal crashes involved aggressive driving.
If you encounter such drivers on the road, you want to make an effort to calm down and not respond to their efforts to goad you. If they follow too closely behind you or flash their light constantly, your best response is to move to another lane and let them pass. If they refuse to let you pass, slow down so they move on ahead. You want to put as much distance between you and their unsafe tactics.
If you get into an accident with an aggressive driver, do not engage him. Instead, call for help on your cellphone and ask the police to come right away because you feel your safety is threatened. Then, contact us, your
Steward, FL car accident attorney. We can advise you on what action to take to protect yourself and will fight to ensure you get just compensation.