Safe Driving Includes Avoiding Aggressive Drivers in Florida
Driving safely in Florida means adhering to a number of cautionary practices. The hot weather in the Sunshine State has many benefits, but the intense heat can take a toll on a car’s tires. To be safe, drivers are wise to check their treads for deterioration on a regular basis. They should also look for cracks or uneven wear in the treads, which may signal a problem. It is also important that drivers avoid overloading their cars. Finally, driving safely means everyone in the vehicle should buckle their seatbelts.
Taking the aforementioned precautions before you set out helps you stay safe on the roads. But you also need to be aware of aggressive drivers when out on the roads, and try to minimize encounters with them. Aggressive driving is such a serious problem that the Florida Department of Transportation has designated it as one of eight emphasis areas in the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
Aggressive driving behaviors
An aggressive driver may commit any of the following violations:
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Changing lanes in an improper or unsafe manner
- Passing improperly
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
People who suffer an injury or lose a loved one because of the actions of an aggressive driver have the right to seek compensation for damages.
When you are driving, be wise and take defensive action if you encounter an aggressive driver. Be wary of drivers you see engaging in any form of aggressive driving. Stay calm and move away from the vehicle. Avoid making eye contact with the driver, and do not behave in a manner that could result in an escalation of the aggressive driving behavior or an unpleasant confrontation. If someone’s negligent actions lead to a car accident in which you sustain injury, speak with an experienced attorney at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers about your options.