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Whittel & Melton, LLC
Dade City Auto Accident Attorneys
Offices located in Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough County
352-666-2121, 727-847-2299 or 813-221-3200

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Our Law Office is dedicated to handling all injury and death cases arising from automobile accidents, wrecks and crash situations. We work on cases that include all types of accidents, including aggressive or Road Rage situations.

While it may be shocking, road rage happens to be a top cause of automobile accidents throughout the United States. Road rage is also commonly referred to as aggressive driving and can be described as a form of reckless driving behavior that can result in dangerous accidents at the slimmest signs of aggravation. Road rage can be carried out through intentionally driving dangerously, abruptly braking in front of another car, driving too closely upon another vehicle’s bumper and even attempting to tap another car’s bumper.

Sometimes accidents can take a driver by complete surprise, but in some cases you can be forewarned of a hazardous wreck by an aggressive fellow driver’s actions. Common signs of road rage include:

  • Obscene gestures
  • Verbal or physical attacks, threats or abuse
  • Deliberate destruction to other cars or property
  • Flashing headlights
  • Tailgating

While sometimes an accident is inevitable, there are ways to try and avoid a collision with an angry driver if you should find yourself in a scenario involving road rage. Removing yourself from the situation is ideal, so if it is at all possible try and slow down or get off at your nearest exit so that the aggressive driver can move on. If you happen to be pursued by an angry driver, try and pull off into a parking lot or an area that is busy so that you are not alone with the aggressor. It is never a good idea to engage in aggressive behavior while driving, so if you find yourself looking to retaliate, it is best to pull over and gather your bearings before continuing on your way.

Nearly one-half of drivers who are pursued by aggressive drivers respond with aggression of their own, which can lead to devastating accidents. According to a survey administered by Response Insurance, 27 percent of road rage victims yell, 19 percent make obscene gestures, 17 percent flash their headlights, 7 percent mimic the aggressor’s initial behavior and 2 percent admittedly try and run the provoker off the road. Unfortunately aggressive driving is a two-way street, so if you are approached by a heated driver the best way to ensure your safety and others is to ignore the other person’s rage.

Dade City Road Rage Collision Attorneys 352-666-2121 or 813-221-3200

A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that more than 1,500 people are injured or killed every year as a result of road rage or aggressive driving. If a form of road rage contributed to your accident, or if evidence can pin point aggressive driving was a factor, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. Driving aggressively establishes negligent or reckless behavior, and those that put others at risk because of their bad mood must be held accountable for their actions.

Like all Florida automobile accident cases, those injured and the families of those killed in car collisions as the direct result of road rage may seek monetary damages for their suffering. Damages for injuries can include lost wages, medical expenses, the diminished capacity to earn, mental anguish and physical and emotional pain and suffering. When someone is killed in an accident that was due to an intentional and careless act like road rage, the family of the deceased may be able to recover wrongful death damages.

Many times in road rage accident claims, the victim can be awarded punitive damages on top of the damages mentioned above. Punitive damages are sought as a means to punish the wrongdoer when his or her actions demonstrate a willful misconduct despite potential consequences. In Florida, a jury may hold the wrongdoer of road rage or aggressive driving liable for punitive damages. Punitive damages can be sizeable and increase the value of your case considerably.

The Florida Aggressive Driving Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton, LLC can immediately begin investigating your accident for evidence that points to road rage to prove your claim. We can consult with any eye witnesses, follow up with police reports and medical documents, review any available traffic footage and work with qualified experts to make sure any and all evidence is preserved. Road rage incidents usually involve “he said, she said” debates, especially when no one witnessed the events leading up to the wreck. We can explore every possible avenue of your accident claim to identify solid evidence that can determine the exact reason for your accident, so that you and your family can move on from these troubling circumstances.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a car accident due to an aggressive driver showing signs of road rage, do not delay in calling the experienced personal injury lawyers at Whittel & Melton to learn more about damages that you may be entitled to. Our Road Rage Lawyers are readily available to advise you on your injury claim, day or night. We are available on holidays and weekends and will not hesitate to make a house call or hospital visit. Contact our auto injury and wrongful death lawyers serving Dade City, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough County as well as the entire state of Florida today for a completely confidential and complimentary consultation. Reach us anytime online or by calling our offices at 352-666-2121 or 813-221-3200.

Dade City, Florida Road Rage Collision Lawyers
Whittel & Melton, LLC
352-666-6666 or 813-221-3200
Offices located in Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough County
Don’t Face the Judge Alone!

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