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Road Rage Accidents in Florida

angerWhile everyone should obey traffic laws, the reality is that each year, a number of people in Florida and throughout the United States get into accidents due to road rage. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a crash involving road rage, it is important to speak to a skilled Miami attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve. We understand that any incident involving road rage can be very stressful and even traumatic, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.

In Florida, aggressive driving consists of engaging in at least two of the following behaviors:  excessive speeding, changing lanes or passing improperly, tailgating, failing to yield, and failing to obey traffic signs. Road rage differs from aggressive driving in that road rage may escalate into a criminal offense, such as an assault or an incident involving a weapon. While a driver can face both criminal and civil claims, our firm focuses on helping clients recover damages through civil claims.

According to the Trace, a non-profit news organization that covers gun issues, road rage incidents involving firearms have more than doubled from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016. The report found that there were 1,319 road rage incidents from January 2014 to December 2016. Nationwide, at least 354 people were injured and 136 people killed in such incidents. Florida contributed the most to this tally with 146 incidents, making it the worst state for road rage involving guns.

If you were injured in an accident caused by road rage, you may be able to pursue compensation for your harm through a negligence claim. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use reasonable care behind the wheel, resulting in an injury or death to someone else. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible person would act in the same or similar circumstances. In order to prove negligence, the plaintiff must establish the following points:  the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, the defendant breached the duty of care, and the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting harm.

If you have lost a loved one in a road rage accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Florida has strict rules about who can file these types of claims, which is why you need to reach out to an attorney as soon as you are contemplating filing such a claim.

Everyone can become agitated by other drivers on the road, but if that agitation turns into rage, serious accidents can result. If you or your loved one was hurt in a road rage accident, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have helped many South Florida clients resolve their personal injury cases, and we can help you as well. We know the legal process can be daunting, but rest assured that we will be here to answer your questions along the way. To speak to one of our attorneys, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us through our website.

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