Reckless and Aggressive Driving Accidents
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Different people have different perceptions of the task of driving. While some view it merely as a necessary means of transportation, some find it stressful, and some find it an opportunity to get their thrills. Some also find it incredibly aggravating, particularly when they perceive others as being in their way. As a result of these differences in perception, people behave differently behind the wheel as well.
While most people choose to drive safely, some do not. Reckless and aggressive driving are pervasive issues in Florida, and they account for hundreds of accidents every day. While there are explanations for reckless and aggressive driving, there are no excuses, and drivers who put others in harm’s way can – and should – be held legally accountable.
What Constitutes Reckless or Aggressive Driving in Florida?
Reckless and aggressive driving can take many different forms. While reckless driving is a traffic offense under Florida law, a driver’s conduct does not necessarily have to meet the statutory definition of this offense to give rise to a claim for liability. For purposes of pursuing an accident claim after an auto accident, reckless driving encompasses any driving behaviors that create unnecessary risks for others. With this in mind, some examples of reckless driving behaviors include:
- Speeding excessively
- Weaving through traffic
- Passing on the shoulder
- Passing on a solid yellow line
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Street racing
- Attempting to evade the police
- Turning or merging without yielding to oncoming traffic
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Likewise, “aggressive driving” does not have a precise definition but is broadly used to describe driving behaviors that are both risky and targeted toward others. For example, some of the most common forms of aggressive driving that lead to accidents include:
- Cutting off other drivers
- Yelling or gesturing toward other drivers
- Dangerously attempting to get in front of another vehicle
- Swerving toward another vehicle
How Do You Prove that Reckless or Aggressive Driving Caused an Accident?
To recover financial compensation (beyond your personal injury protection (PIP) limit) after an auto accident in Florida, you need to be able to prove fault. There are several different ways our attorneys can seek to prove that the driver who hit you was behaving recklessly or aggressively.
From skid marks and eyewitness testimony to phone records and traffic camera footage, various forms of evidence can be used to prove reckless or aggressive driving. The evidence our attorneys can use to prove your claim will depend on the specific circumstances involved. To ensure that we can collect as much evidence as possible, we encourage you to contact us right away.
Discuss Your Compensation Claim with a Florida Auto Accident Lawyer at Searcy Denney
Do you need to seek to recover your losses after an auto accident involving a reckless or aggressive driver? To discuss your claim with one of our experienced Florida auto accident lawyers in confidence, call us at 800-780-8607 or request a free consultation online today.