The Associated Press published a story of a Florida man who suffered a broken hand and foot when he was struck by his own truck in what might have been just deserts after it appears that the man was involved in an act of road rage.
Joseph Carl, 48, of Florida, was allegedly driving under the influence when he struck a vehicle stopped at a red light. He apparently was so caught up in rage that he jumped out of his truck without putting it in park and started banging on the window of the car that he had struck. The woman inside the stopped vehicle drove away, and that's when his truck drove over him.
The man will be charged with DUI and DUI property damage.
Avoiding Road Rage & Aggressive Driving Accidents
In Washington State, aggressive driving is defined as:
"The commission of two or more moving violations that is likely to endanger other persons or property, or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive reaction of another driver."
Road rage is defined as:
"An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.
It is important for all drivers to know how to handle an aggressive driving situation to protect themselves and to avoid an altercation and possibly an accident.
The car accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group provides some information on how to spot and avoid aggressive driving since aggressive drivers can act impulsively. It's important to know how to avoid encounters with aggressive drivers so that you can be safe.
Common aggressive driving & road rage symptoms
- Flashing headlights
- Causing other drivers to swerve
- Intentionally tailgating
- Shouting or making obscene gestures at other drivers
- Weaving in and out of lanes of traffic
- Running red lights
- Sudden intentional braking
- Passing another driver, then intentionally slowing down in front of them.
- Follow at a safe distance.
- Signal before changing lanes.
- Be polite and courteous even if others are not.
- Make sure you have enough room when changing lanes or entering the roadway.
- Control your anger.
- Don't drive when you are over tired or angry.
- Report aggressive drivers to the Washington State Patrol.
This information is provided by the car accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We represent accident victims who have been seriously injured in accidents caused by the negligence of another. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, please contact our office to see if we can help you. Call us TOLL FREE at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form.