Road rage is a serious problem on America’s roadways, with staggering numbers of casualties and amounts of property damage each year.

Have you been injured in a car accident involving the road rage of another driver? If you have suffered an injury as a result of an auto accident with an aggressive driver, our experienced attorneys at Roy & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida, may be able to help you.

What is road rage and aggressive driving?

The National Safety Council calls road rage “a physical assault of a person or vehicle as a result of a traffic incident.” Road rage is a more extreme version of aggressive driving, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration describes as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”

There are over 200,000 car accidents that occur in Florida every year, according to the Florida DMV. Many of these auto accidents happen right here in West Palm Beach. Unfortunately, many traffic incidents are a result of aggressive driving – as well as road rage – and are quite preventable.

How can I prevent an auto accident as a result of road rage?

Avoiding road rage and aggressive driving situations is the best way to stay safe from these accidents on the road. Make sure you are a safe driver yourself. Be sure to plan ahead as you drive and be aware of situations occurring ahead of and behind you, as well as on both sides of your vehicle. Remain calm at the wheel, and give yourself plenty of time to travel safely to your destination.

Despite the best planning and preventive behavior on your part, sometimes a situation involving a driver with road rage may occur anyway. Any auto accident, including those in West Palm Beach, can result in serious injury. Lives can be completely changed in the course of an instant. Drivers with road rage endanger themselves and other motorists nearby.

What should I do if an auto accident caused by an aggressive driver has already happened?

While this is not an all-encompassing list, in the case of any auto accident – including one caused by an aggressive driver – common sense guidelines should apply:

Make sure everyone involved is able to wait in a safe location if possible. Be very cautious of other traffic or dangerous situations. Activate your area Emergency Medical System (EMS) personnel and wait for them to move and transport any seriously injured people. DO NOT antagonize the aggressive driver who caused the situation to occur.

Documentation of any injury, whether serious or minor, can be very important in cases involving auto accidents. This is especially true if you intend to seek compensation for medical expenses vehicle and/or property damage.

A police report when available can be beneficial for documenting facts of your incident. The police officer can also be extremely helpful defusing the situation of the aggressive driver. If you are then able to photograph the crash scene before vehicles are moved, do so safely. Get contact information from witnesses at this point as well.

It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident to guide you with appropriate steps to regarding legal or insurance issues, as well as knowing important things to avoid doing or saying. These can include taking the blame for the accident or trying to self-diagnose a suspected injury.

This is especially critical if you have sustained injuries that may become worse over time or that negatively affect your everyday life. It is also very important that you refrain communication with insurance personnel until you have spoken with an attorney. This is true for both your insurance carrier and the other party’s insurance company.

Medical bills, insurance expenses, and other costs can be oppressive and add up quickly after any car accident, even if you are not the party responsible for the crash in the first place.

Why do I need an attorney?

Receiving compensation from accidents, including those caused by aggressive drivers or motorists with road rage, can be a challenging process. However, when handled properly these types of cases can result in you being compensated for the injuries or damages you are seeking.

Our professional team includes those who are experienced in negotiation and litigation in these situations. They have worked on numerous cases involving auto accidents, many resulting from road rage and aggressive driving. Our skilled attorneys are here to represent you and your specific concerns. We work to ensure your case is handled with care and in a timely manner.

Our West Palm Beach attorneys want to help you understand your situation and what your comprehensive options are to move forward. Working with an attorney from Roy & Associates, P.A., provides you the comfort of knowing that we are laboring tirelessly to pursue justice.

If you have been injured by the actions of an angry driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys are passionate about helping you attain the justice you deserve. If you have been injured in an auto accident involving road rage, please contact our team today to begin creating a plan to protect your legal rights and discuss your individual situation and needs.