‘I Was Injured in a Road Rage Auto Incident in West Palm Beach, What to Do?’
Florida is one of the worst places for road rage not only because our state leads the nation in aggressive driving incidents but also because it can be difficult to pursue a personal injury claim and prove that the other motorist engaged in the act of road rage.
Studies show that Florida leads the nation in road rage cases, but is it really that bad? According to a detailed 2016 report by the AAA Foundation, over 78% of U.S. drivers reported having engaged in the act of aggressive behavior at least once in the past 12 months. That’s more than three in four drivers.
Yes, it takes seconds to get annoyed at the slow driver in front of you or when someone cuts you off. But you have not exhibited road rage until you start tailgating that driver, running him or her off the road, or if you exit your vehicle to confront the other motorist.
If you were involved in road rage auto accident, talk to a West Palm Beach car accident attorney from Pike & Lustig, LLP, to pursue compensation from an aggressive or reckless driver.
West Palm Beach Woman Arrested for Stabbing Two People in Road Rage Incident
The dangers of confronting an aggressive driver cannot be overstated. This is something that two people from West Palm Beach learned the hard way when they suffered stab wounds in a road rage-related argument that turned violent.
According to The Palm Beach Post, the incident occurred last month. A 46-year-old woman was arrested and taken into custody on two counts of aggravated battery in connection with an alleged road rage incident that left a man and woman with stab wounds.
The female driver is accused of stabbing and wounding a West Palm Beach man and woman in an apparent act of road rage. The aggressive driver allegedly pursued the victims by car for about a mile, threw an unidentified item at their vehicle, and then exited her vehicle to confront the couple in the parking lot of a shopping plaza near Drexel Road.
The verbal argument got physical when the aggressive woman started stabbing the victims. After the woman fled the scene, the couple drove themselves to a hospital with multiple stab wounds.
Signs of Road Rage in West Palm Beach, Florida
In the same report, the AAA Foundation lists the most common self-reported aggressive driving behaviors by American drivers. These acts of road rage are ordered from most common to least:
- Yelling at other drivers
- Honking to show anger
- Making angry gestures
- Blocking another vehicle from changing lanes
- Cutting off other drivers on purpose
- Exiting the car to confront another motorist
- Bumping another vehicle on purpose
Although law enforcement agencies are supposed to crack down on aggressive drivers, they are not always around to prevent acts of road rage. Here at Pike & Lustig, LLP, our auto accident lawyers have seen the catastrophic and disastrous results of aggressive driving.
If there has been damage to your health, property, or earning capacity, you may be able to get compensated by bringing the “raging” driver to justice. If the other motorist failed to behave responsibly and exercise due care, you deserve financial compensation for the pain and suffering damages, lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages.
If you spotted any of the above-mentioned signs of road rage, stay away from the aggressive motorist, and, whatever happens, do not attempt to confront him or her. If it is too late and you have suffered harm in a road rage incident, contact our West Palm Beach auto accident attorneys. Call at 561-291-8298 to discuss your case.