Aggressive Drivers On I-95 Put Others in Danger
Whether you live or work in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie, or the surrounding areas, you likely rely on Interstate 95 and other major arteries to get where you need to go. Even with only limited experience in driving these super highways, it is impossible to miss aggressive drivers who seem to make a regular habit of speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, and cutting people off. Unfortunately, their behavior endangers other motorists and makes car accidents and injuries more likely to occur. The following outlines what the Florida Highway Patrol is doing about the problem, along with tips on how to protect yourself when you encounter these drivers on the road.
Aggressive Driving in Florida
Aggressive driving is a common problem on roads and highways throughout the country, and it is particularly apparent on the major arteries and interstates running through Fort Pierce and the entire South Florida area. According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), aggressive driving is illegal under state law, and is defined as committing two or more of any of the following actions:
- Speeding or going too fast for conditions;
- Failure to yield right of way;
- Improper or unsafe lane changes;
- Tailgating, or following other motorists too closely;
- Improper passing;
- Failure to obey traffic signs and signals.
Aggressive driving is one of the main areas of emphasis as part of Florida’s strategic highway plans, with efforts centered on identifying hot spots and increasing law enforcement efforts. The Florida Highway Patrol devotes considerable time to going after drivers who speed and engage in other aggressive driving behaviors, while maintaining a steady presence on major arteries to discourage others from breaking the law.
Dealing with Aggressive Drivers
When driving along major interstates in Florida, it is disconcerting to have another driver suddenly accelerate past you or cut you off. While the temptation may be to speed up yourself or to respond with your own aggressive gestures, this is likely to only escalate the situation while putting you and your passengers in danger. The American Automobile Association (AAA) warns that aggressive driving is responsible for roughly half of all fatal car accidents that occur on the road each year. You can protect yourself by following these tips when faced with an aggressive, angry driver on the road:
- Avoid challenging other drivers, either through eye contact, hand gestures, or by flashing your lights.
- Keep your distance, maintain a steady speed, and do not try to ‘race’ or catch up with them.
- If you suspect a collision is about to occur, honk your horn to alert other drivers;
- If you are being followed or feel in danger, take the nearest exit, pull over to a public place, and notify law enforcement.
In the event a car accident does occur, stay calm, get a police report with the other driver’s information, seek treatment for your injuries, and contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III. Our Fort Pierce car accident attorney can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact our office online and request a free consultation today.