Even when we try our best to avoid Road Rage and Aggressive Drivers they seem to find us. Here are 8 Things You Need To Know About Road Rage in Florida that can help keep your family safe. By the experienced Orlando car accident lawyer at the Michael T. Gibson firm.
What are the signs another driver has road rage?
- Yelling at other drivers
- Gesturing at other drivers
- Racing with other drivers
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Honking the horn at other drivers
- Sudden breaking
- Leering or staring at other drivers
- Failure to follow traffic laws and signs
- Flashing lights at other drivers
What causes Florida road rage?
Other drivers in our path are the most common cause of road rage in Florida. Many drivers become angry if they notice another driver using their cell phone or failing to signal properly. Perhaps one of the most common causes of road rage is when a driver cuts off another driver. Many drivers also become easily frustrated with other drivers if they are running late for work or another important engagement. However, studies done by the Mayo Clinic have determined that a mental health disorder may be to blame, known as Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED).
Who is most likely to experience road rage?
Studies show that young males, under the age of 19 are the most likely drivers to experience road rage.
Is road rage dangerous?
Yes, road range and aggressive driving cause more than half of all car accident fatalities.
How big of a problem is road rage in Florida?
According to AutoVantage’s Road Rage Survey, in 2014, both Orlando and Miami were among the top ten cities in the country to have the “least courteous” drivers.
How can I avoid road rage?
One of the best ways you can avoid becoming agitated while driving is to allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Road rage often occurs because a driver is already dealing with stress- whether in their personal life or because they are running late. It is also important to get plenty of rest the night before you have to drive a long distance.
Can road rage lead to physical violence?
Yes, road rage has often initiated physical fights between drivers and in many cases it has led to shootings. In fact, over a seven-year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were the result of road rage, according to Safe Motorist.
Are there laws protecting Florida drivers against road rage?
Although there are no laws directly dealing with road rage, Florida did enact a law in 2010 that states that any driver that is convicted of or plead no contest to a traffic offense that caused a crash three times within 36 months will be required to take a driver improvement course in order to maintain his or her driving privileges. This law, Florida Statute 322.0261, is an attempt to protect Florida roadways from aggressive drivers.
- 10 Surefire Signs of Road Rage
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It From DMV.ORG
- Aggressive Driving and Road Rage From SafeMotorist.com
- Road Rage is Classified as an Intermittent Explosive Disorder by The Mayo Clinic
Questions About Road Rage in Florida?
If you have additional questions or comments please contact our Orlando car accident lawyers or call our office anytime at 407-422-4529. We hope the information you have just read about Road Rage will help keep you and your family safe while traveling.
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