Florida is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, perfect year round weather, and laid back lifestyle. It is not known, however, for good driving. In fact, the Sunshine State ranked 13th on Bankrate.com’s Worst States for Drivers due to their unsafe driving conditions and quality of driving. When surveyed, Florida drivers feared aggressive drivers the most and for good reason. 11% of all fatal car accidents occured here because of aggressive driving behaviors. Aggressive driving maneuvers, like tailgating and cutting people off in traffic, can have serious and fatal consequences.
Florida Troopers Pull Woman from Submerged Car after New Year’s Crash
Just how dangerous is aggressive driving? A Florida woman’s New Year almost ended in tragedy because of another driver’s aggression. At 3:48 a.m. on January 1, 2019, a reckless driver cut off 33-year-old Amanda Antonio on Interstate 44. Her car ran off of the road and turned upside down in a muddy ravine. As the water crept in, the drowning woman dialed 911 and rescue crews began frantically searching for her. Luckily, she managed to stay in an air pocket in the car until the dive team finally freed her through the passenger door.
Common Reasons for Road Rage & Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is responsible for more than 66% of all traffic fatalities and 37% of aggressive driving incidents involves a firearm. Even worse, road rage seems to spread to other drivers. In fact, 50% of all drivers who are confronted with another aggressive driver respond similarly, further escalating the situation.
There are many reasons why drivers in Florida continue to drive aggressively, but the most common reasons are:
- Fighting over a parking spot
- Being cut off in traffic
- Not being allowed to pass
- Being cursed at in traffic
- Honking too much
- Stuck behind a slow driver
- Street racing
Avoiding Aggressive Drivers
Aggressive driving behavior can escalate quickly and lead to serious and catastrophic accidents. These accidents can turn your life upside down in the blink of an eye and can cause you and your loved ones immeasurable pain and suffering.
In order to stay safe on Florida roads, it is best to avoid aggressive drivers whenever possible by following these tips:
- Move over if you are being tailgated
- When confronted with an aggressive driver, wave or attempt to defuse the situation
- Use your horn sparingly
- Don’t engage in aggressive driving behaviors yourself
- Change lanes to avoid speeding or reckless drivers
- Avoid eye contact with aggressive drivers
- If you are being followed or are fearful, drive to the nearest police station
- Don’t pull over or stop to confront an aggressive driver
- Report any dangerous driving behavior to the authorities
Have You Been Injured in a Car Crash by an Aggressive Driver?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Daytona Beach, Florida and you believe that someone else’s negligence was to blame, it is important to speak to an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as you are able. At Zimmet & Zimmet, our experienced Daytona Beach car accident lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Call 386-255-6400 or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will call you back!